Leis­hear re­signs from Ris­ing Sun board

Sec­ond mem­ber to leave

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

RIS­ING SUN

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Brian Leis­hear, who joined the Ris­ing Sun Board of Town Com­mis­sion­ers a year ago, has ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion, ef­fec­tive Sun­day.

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