For the second time in as many months, the Eagle Town Board is one member short.
On Saturday, town board member Brandi Resa emailed a resignation letter to “the Eagle Community.”
“It is not without a tremendous amount of thought and saddness that I am submitting this letter of resignation for my position on the board,” she wrote.
Resa has been a high profile member of the board since her election in 2012. Before she was elected two years ago, she unsuccessfully ran for a town board seat in 2010. She was an outspoken critic of the Eagle River Station commercial project planned east of Eagle and was one of the leaders in the referendum campaign that sought to deny the project. Since her election, Resa has maintained a blog about her experiences on the board.
In her resignation, Resa complimented the residents of Eagle and noted “With all that is happening in Eagle in so many areas, it is a hard time to walk away as the enthusiam and goals of the board and staff is awesome.”
“The decision is a result of my personality not being strong enough to continue in politics at a time when changes in my personal life will take me out of Eagle,” she continued.
When contacted Monday to elaborate on her reasons for resignation, Resa said “Due to changes in personal life, the residency requirements for a town board member cannot be met.”
In an email accompanying her resignation, Resa noted she has written her final blog and she would no longer be sending updates regarding Eagle issues.
Resa’s resignation comes roughly one month after the resignation of town board member Joe Knabel. Knabel stepped down after accepting a job offer that will take his family to Florida. Both resignations come just two months after the town’s muncipal election, when voters elected three new members to the board. The two resignations leave only Eagle Mayor Yuri Kostick and Mayor Pro Tem Anne McKibbin with more than two month’s tenure. Kostick and McKibbin were both elected in 2012 while members Andy Jessen, Doug Seabury and Luis Benitez started their first terms in April. Kevin Brubeck was appointed to fill out the remainder of Knabel’s term.
As for Resa’s replacement, town board members have a good deal of decision-making leeway provided they act within 60 days of her formal resignation. If the seat remains vacant for more than 60 days, an election is mandatory and the successful candidate can only serve out the remaining two years of her term. According to Eagle Town Attorney Ed Sands said there is no requirement to publish the vacancy or interview candidates, nor is there a requirement to appoint the next-highest vote-getter from the municipal election held April 1.
In the case of Knabel’s replacement, Kostick said the board selected Brubeck from a small field of people who stepped forward to voice an interest in the position. Kostick noted the town board did not formally announce the opening or solicit applications for the vacancy, but he indicated he did not yet know what the process would be as the town board considers Resa’s replacement.
“I don’t think anyone wants to go to a vote, though. We will be looking to appoint someone for this position,” said Kostick.