Shephard resigns from R.S. town board
— Commissioner Joseph Shephard has resigned from his seat on the town board effective Oct. 1.
With three years and three weeks left on his first term, Shephard said big changes in his personal life mandated his departure.
“It’s been a few things that have changed for me in a positive way that affects the time I have to give to the town,” he said Thursday.
Shephard, elected in October 2015 along with Commissioner Brian Leishear,
said he warned the rest of the board that the move was imminent.
“I didn’t see it coming a year ago,” he said of the change in his job. “It’s been a blessing, but it was kind of all of a sudden.”
His plan was to announce his resignation at the Sept. 27 town meeting, but that meeting was canceled due to a lack of quorum.
“We will make a formal announcement and discuss the resignation at our next town meeting,” Mayor Travis Marion said Thursday.
Shephard said he has no idea who the commission- ers will recommend to the mayor as his replacement. Whoever that is, he has a piece of advice.
“They definitely need to realize how much time it’s going to take and they need to be prepared for that,” he said.
Shephard and Leishear were the first slate of candi- dates to be elected to fouryear terms after the town board made the decision to change the two-year terms the mayor and commissioners had previously served. Among a field of five candidates, Shephard received the most votes: 161.
Shephard said he has no regrets from his short time in office, which included launching the “Back The Blue” T-shirts in support of the town’s Law Enforcement Appreciation breakfast and Cecil County Shop With A Cop.
Marion also thanked Shephard “for his service and commitment to our community.”
Joseph Shephard resigned from the Rising Sun Board of Town Commissioners effective Oct. 1, saying he no longer has the time to devote to the position.