Commissioner Dean announces resignation
Dear Ward 7 neighbor:
Today I am submitting my resignation as commissioner of Ward 7, effective Aug. 15, 2012. I want you – my constituents – to know why I’ve made this decision, how it will affect you and how thankful I am for your support and friendship.
From the beginning, I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve you on dual levels, both as township commissioner and state representative. In fact, working with your day-to-day concerns and opinions informed my legislative work in Harrisburg. Nevertheless, I’ve found that this duality has an unworkable drawback, namely that I can’t be physically present, as required, in both Abington and Harrisburg, when important commissioner and legislative ses- sions are scheduled at the same time. To date, I have been able to attend meetings on both levels, but going forward I see conflicts arising and my absence at either would not be fair to you.
The Abington Township Board of Commissioners will be appointing someone t o fill t he vacancy until the 2013 election cycle. I have expressed my wishes to the board that t hey conduct this appointment procedure in a transparent manner – and that t hey consider the concerns and desires of t he residents of Ward 7 i n t he process. In t he interim, I will continue t o work with the Abington Township staff and the appointed commissioner to find solutions to certain complex and unresolved issues and opportunities in Ward 7.
As you know, my leg- islative office is located at 1175 Old York Road, across from the township building. I, or someone from my staff, would be happy to meet with you at any time to discuss state or local issues of importance to you.
Thank you for your support and for your interest in our Ward 7 community. Sincerely,
Madeleine Dean Abington Township Com
missioner, Ward 7 tect themselves from the dangers of gas drilling, including polluted drinking water.
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