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Beach council member resigns

Colonial Beach Town Council member Tim Curtin resigned abruptly Thursday, saying in a letter that he no longer could work with the current council.

Curtin resigned after attending a special meeting Thursday morning arranged for the public to participate in a discussion about the Colonial Beach Police Department.

He submitted a letter of resignation explaining his reasons.

“I cannot justify continuing to waste my time waiting for a day to come when this town, and its elected leaders face up to hard decisions that will come, no matter what the desires or sentiments exists to maintain the status quo,” Curtin said in the letter.

The Town Council held a closed meeting before the public meeting, which was to discuss the possibility of abolishing the Colonial Beach Police Department and handing over law enforcement duties to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. The council decided against it.

The council also had another closed meeting to discuss the performance of Town Manager Valda Foulds. There was no public discussion about that meeting.

At the regular meeting Thursday night, the council voted to accept Curtin’s resignation with regret. Council then directed the town attorney to file papers within 15 days to schedule a special election. Within 30 days, the council members must make an interim appointment to fill Curtin’s seat until the special election can be held. Town Attorney Andrea Erard will request that the special election take place in November 2014, when the next Town Council elections are already scheduled.

Curtin was originally appointed to his position in December 2011 and was elected to serve a full four-year term beginning in January 2013 and ending December 2016.

In his letter of resignation, Curtin said that he was hesitant to run for council in the beginning and has not been happy with the course it has taken since he was elected.

“Unfortunately, the direction in which the council has been going over that entire period has continued to give me great concern,” Curtin’s letter said. “I have tried to be patient and wait for a consensus to emerge on Council that would convince me that at least some of my concerns are shared.”

“I’m saddened by [Curtin’s resignation],” said Town Councilwoman Linda Brubaker. “I hate to see any one of our council people in that position.”

Both Brubaker and Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham said they do not know if anything specific sparked their colleague’s resignation.

Ham did not comment further on the situation, and attempts to reach Curtin for further comment were unsuccessful.

The council plans to publicly advertise for the open position and will accept and review candidate résumés in the coming weeks.

Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444


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