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Unexpected resignation leaves vacancy on Merrimack council

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

April 17. 2018 10:59PM




MERRIMACK — Town Councilor Jackie Flood has unexpectedly resigned from the Town Council.

“With reluctance I am submitting my resignation from the Town Council, effective April 19, because of family responsibilities,” Flood told her colleagues last week. “It has been an honor to serve as councilor in the town that has been my home of choice throughout my whole adulthood.”

Flood served as town councilor from 2010 to 2013, and has been serving another term since her reelection in 2016.

Fellow councilors said last week they will miss Flood, especially because of her integrity, honesty and grace during both public meetings and private conversations.

“You brought a balance to the council with calmness at times, and it has been much appreciated,” Councilor Peter Albert told Flood.

Flood said she will miss council discussions and the devoted town staff who help prepare for the best outcomes for Merrimack.

“I found many interesting issues — some serious, others complex — all of them worthy of consideration and all treated with attention by my fellow councilors,” said Flood. “ … I do want to say that nothing is terribly serious, it is just that I am taking my time and focus — I don’t want anybody to worry.”

She thanked the council for its ongoing friendship and concern.

Nancy Harrington, Town Council chairman, said she was informed of the possibility that Flood would resign just one week prior to the April 10 election.

The Secretary of State’s Office was notified, but Harrington said it was too late to change the ballot in an attempt to address the expected resignation.

“We would have put it on the ballot if we had enough time, but we didn’t,” said Harrington, adding Flood’s dedication and donation of countless hours have helped make Merrimack a better place to live and work.

The Town Council is seeking candidates interested in filling Flood’s vacant position until the next election in April 2019.

Applicants are urged to send a resume and letter of interest by April 27 to: Town of Merrimack, Attn: Town Council Vacancy, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, N.H. 03054.

The candidates will be interviewed on May 2 by the Town Council, and possibly on May 3, if warranted. An official decision will be made at the council’s May 10 meeting, according to Harrington.

khoughton@newstote.com


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