Shep­hard re­signs from R.S. town board

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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,

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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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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