Bor­ough Coun­cil pres­i­dent to re­sign

Ellen Koop­man took po­si­tion in Jan­uary

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> Bor­ough Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ellen B. Koop­man an­nounced her in­tent to re­sign from her po­si­tion in the near fu­ture at the Nov. 16 bor­ough coun­cil meet­ing.

Koop­man, who rep­re­sents Ward Seven, took the po­si­tion of coun­cil pres­i­dent in Jan­uary this year, and has been on bor­ough coun­cil since 2013.

“It was, and has been chal­leng­ing,” Koop­man said. “But highly re­ward­ing.”

She said she was re­sign­ing in or­der to spend more time with her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her 1-year-old daugh­ter and a child she is ex­pect­ing to have in the new year. She plans to re­sign in mid-De­cem­ber.

When asked if she would con­sider run­ning for bor­ough coun­cil again, she said “it’s cer­tainly pos­si­ble, but noth­ing is set in stone.”

Koop­man said her two most mem­o­rable mo­ments on bor­ough coun­cil were when the bor­ough set­tled lit­i­ga­tion with Wyeth Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Pfizer, and when the bor­ough ac­quired the Bar­clay Grounds.

Coun­cil has 30 days to ap­point a re­place­ment to fill Koop­man’s po­si­tion af­ter she leaves.

Ac­cord­ing to the bor­ough’s home-rule char­ter, a “qual­i­fied per­son” must be a reg­is­tered voter, a res­i­dent in their ward for at least one year prior to tak­ing of­fice, and stay a res­i­dent of their ward dur­ing their time in of­fice.

To con­tact Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Adam Farence, email afarence@dai­ly­lo­cal.com, or call 610235-2647.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — JIM SALVAS

Ellen B. Koop­man

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