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Early morning meeting drives council member to quit

On Nov. 14, after the adjournment of an early morning meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council to discuss the Colonial Beach Police Department, Councilman Tim Curtin left the meeting room, returning about 45 minutes later with his typed resignation.

The resignation states the circumstances under which Curtin decided to run for Council, ultimately applying for an appointed position and later being voted into a four-year term on Council. Curtin stated in his resignation that he joined council to address grave concerns for the future of the town and the need for hard decisions. Curtin did specifically outline these items but said when he was voted in he was hopeful that things would change.

 

In his resignation he stated, “Unfortunately, the direction in which the council has been going over that entire period has continued to give me great concern. It has only worsened since the first of the year.”

Curtin feels that the council is not working together towards a common goal. He said in his resignation, “I have tried to be patient and wait for the consensus to emerge on Council that would convince me that at least some of my concerns are shared.”

Curtin referenced long hours with little resolutions saying, “I have spent an enormous amount of time in meetings and discussions that would have otherwise have been spent with my family or in the pursuit of my career. I no longer believe that day will come with the current council.”

Curtin summed up his feelings by saying, “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. Therefore, I must resign my seat on the Colonial Beach Town Council effective immediately.”

The council was just emerging from a closed meeting scheduled to discuss the performance of the Town manager when they received Curtin's resignation. Curtin left the meeting room wishing the council good luck.

One clue to the reasons for Curtin's resignation may be found in his closing statements at the end of the meeting. See “Council denies attempting to abolish CBPD” for more details

No word yet on when the council will address and accept or deny Curtin's resignation. The matter may be added to the agenda at tonight’s regular Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.

Linda Farneth

 

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