Christian Morgan announces June 5 resignation from Windsor Town Board
March 21, 2017
Windsor Town Board
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Windsor Town Board member Christian Morgan will resign his elected position on June 5 due to time constraints.
Morgan broke the news Monday night at the end of the town's work session. He was elected in 2014 to represent District 2 — which includes a section of southwest Windsor. His first term would have ended in April 2018.
"When I came on, I was on one career track that afforded me time to be here, but now I'm having a difficult time managing my time," he said Monday night. "There hasn't really been a conflict of interest, but there has been a conflict of time."
About a year ago Morgan took a job as town administrator in Kersey.
“When I came on, I was on one career track that afforded me time to be here, but now I’m having a difficult time managing my time.” Christian Morgan
"It has become overwhelming to the point where I'm having trouble managing it all," he said. "I think I could plod along and make it to next April, but I just don't think that's fair to the town."
With Morgan's seat's opening this summer, remaining town board members will have to decide if they want to leave his seat vacant until the April 2018 election or start the process of replacing him.
Because less than a year will pass between Morgan resigning his seat and the next town election, Windsor's charter allows board members leave the seat vacant or fill it through a special election or appointment process.
"It was just a tremendous honor to serve (on the town board), my hope is that whoever takes that seat and every seat in the future, realizes just how important it is," Morgan said Wednesday. "It can be very technical, it can be very difficult at times to make tough decisions, but at the same time you really have your finger on the pulse of the town and you really can make an impact."
Mayor Kristie Melendez said Tuesday she suspects town board members will try to fill the District 2 seat once it opens. Although it hasn't been something Windsor Town Board had to deal with recently, a seventh voting member means the town board can't get split and hung up on a vote, she said
How the board goes about filling what will become a vacant seat after Morgan's June resignation will need to be determined by board members at a future date.
Town Manager Kelly Arnold recommended the town discuss their options at a work session in early April.
Morgan said he would have a letter of resignation turned into the town in time for the board to consider at Monday's regular meeting.
Although Morgan's announcement did not come as a total surprise to Melendez, she will miss his presence on the board. She said she suspected finding time for Kersey and Windsor responsibilities would prove challenging for Morgan.
"It'll be sad to see him go," she said. "He was always prepared and thorough and he wanted what was best for the community."