Leishear resigns from Rising Sun board
Second member to leave
— Another member of the board of town commissioners has announced his resignation.
Commissioner Brian Leishear tendered his resignation Monday from the Rising Sun board, a year into his first term as an elected official. Leishear, 43, said Wednesday it was “a long and difficult decision.”
Joseph Shephard, who won his seat on the same ballot as Leishear, also stepped down Oct. 1. He also cited his career as his reason.
In his letter sent Nov. 14 to Mayor Travis Marion, Commissioners Allen Authenreath and David Warnick and Calvin Bonenberger, town administrator, Leishear gave his reason for leaving.
”I understand that my term is set to run until 2019, but due to personal health reasons and career I can no longer give the position the attention it deserves. It is time for me to step down,” the brief message reads.
The mayor wished his colleague well in his future endeavors.
”It’s sad to see Commissioner Leishear go,” Marion said. “We thank him for his service. He was instrumental in guiding our water and sewer department.”
During his campaign in October 2015, Leishear said he was eager to become a member of the commission.
“With the current board, it’s been going so well,” Leishear said of the mayor and commissioners a year ago.
The mayor called Leishear “a tireless worker,” but said he and the remaining board members wish him well.
Marion indicates he will name a successor for Shephard at the Nov. 22 town meeting. In accordance with the Rising Sun charter, the mayor brings a name to the commissioners for approval.
While not disclosing the candidate, Marion said he hopes to swear the person in that night.
“He’ll take the oath Tuesday. We have to have a board,” the mayor said.
Brian Leishear, who joined the Rising Sun Board of Town Commissioners a year ago, has tendered his resignation, effective Sunday.