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Fredericksburg Planning Commissioner submits resignation

Fredericksburg Planning Commissioner Edward Whelan III submitted his resignation today in an email to his colleagues on the commission and to the mayor and City Council.

Whelan had been under pressure to resign since Friday when City Attorney Kathleen Dooley told him resign because of a conflict of interests.

Then, on Monday Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw also said Whelan should step down.

Below are the emails Whelan distributed. He submitted his resignation about noon.

My fellow Planning Commissioners,
It has been a pleasure serving with all of you.Their has been an honest misunderstanding in declaring my evolving role in the zoning and restoration of the Mill District.Out of abundance of caution I have submitted my resignation to City Council.
Sincerely Ed Whelan
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw and City Council,
“It has been an honor to serve the city of Fredericksburg for the past eight and half years. During that time, I have always worked hard for what is best for the entire city and its future. I believe my experience as an entrepreneur has bought valuable insight to the planning commission as we weigh how we will grow as a community. I have always strived to handle my duties in the most honest and forthright manner possible and long been upfront about my role as an active member of our business community. Recently, that role has grown, and looking forward I believe that it is best that I step down from the planning commission to avoid any distraction from the city’s important work. While I will no longer serve in city government, I look forward to remaining an active voice in our community as a business and civic leader.”
Respectfully Ed Whelan