Seems we are not alone in making this move.
According to the Conway Daily Sun, Madison voters, by an 81 to 24 secret ballot vote, approved Article 11, having the selectmen appoint a full-time director of public works in 2018 when the current Road Agents term will expire. Madison Select Board chair Josh Shackford commented that they have limited oversight of an elected Road Agent and that a DPW director could handle more duties then what is specified on the law for an elected Road Agent.
As the article indicates, there were some other issues involving the current and long time Road Agent that may have swayed voters who in the recent past rejected this change. Nonetheless, it signals a shift in small towns in NH, recognizing that times have changed.