West Chester Borough Council is one member short after Brian Abbott resigned on July 15th, writes Candice Monhollan for Daily Local News.
A representative of Ward 3 for two years, Abbott is relocating to Lower Merion in Montgomery County for personal and professional reasons. As his four-year term was not set to expire until 2018, the spot is currently vacant. However, according to the borough’s Home Rule Charter, the council has to find a replacement from Ward 3 to fill the vacancy within 45 days.
“I want to thank the residents of Ward 3 for placing their trust in me to represent their interests and the interests of the borough as a whole,” said Abbott. “I believe that during my tenure, council has made great strides in improving the transparency of its decision-making processes, has begun the hard work on stabilizing the borough’s long-term finances and has made information more proactively available to residents.”
Ellen Koopman, Borough Council President, said that both as a member of the council and member of its Citizen Financial Committee, Abbott brought strategic thinking and depth of understanding to the issues facing the borough.
“His dedication to and passion for making the borough a better place for residents and businesses will be hard to replace,” she noted.
Ward 3 residents interested in being appointed to the position can review the requirements and obtain an application from the borough with more details available on its website.