CROYDON — Two people on the three-member board of selectmen quit Wednesday night, one day after the board's secretary quit.
Gary Quimby, chairman of the board, and newcomer Reagan Clarke both resigned, leaving newcomer Joe Marko as the remaining selectman.
In a statement released on social media Wednesday evening, Marko said the board held a meeting Wednesday afternoon in which Clarke and Marko accepted Quimby's resignation and appointed Ian Underwood to fill his spot. Underwood and Marko then accepted Clarke's resignation.
Underwood is a former candidate for state representative and a member of the Free State Movement.
It is not yet known if Wednesday's meeting was posted, as required by state law. The board has met behind closed doors in at least one unposted meeting witnessed by a Union Leader reporter.
Marko said Wednesday's meeting and subsequent vote was held to prevent the state from taking over the town in the absence of two members of the select board.
The selectmen's secretary, Cathy Peschke, announced she is resigning on Tuesday.
"I apologize for leaving you hanging, but I’m not sleeping at night and the pressure is getting to me,” Peschke told selectmen Tuesday night.
Peschke’s resignation means that unless the board hires a replacement in the next two weeks, essential town functions will be left to individual board members, or simply not get done. This includes keeping minutes, setting the weekly meeting agendas, and even processing town payments.
“No one’s gonna be paid if I’m not working,” Peschke said.
Problems started for this town of 760 when a surprise motion at the annual March Town Meeting was narrowly voted in to eliminate the police department, staffed only by Chief Richard Lee. More than 100 residents subsequently signed a petition demanding a special town meeting to reverse that vote.
The petition ended up having 75 registered voters, more than enough to surpass the 50 registered voter minimum under state law. The board has yet to set a date for the special town meeting, which it must do within 90 days.
Last week, Quimby tried to discipline town employee Brenda Williams for reportedly collecting petition signatures on the job. She works part-time at the town dump. He backed down when Williams challenged the board at the selectmen's meeting, and it turned out there are no written rules for town employees.
Selectmen still have not responded to questions about the January audit letter from the town's accounting firm, Plodzik & Sanderson, which found numerous issues with town finances. Among the concerns raised by the audit is the fact Town Treasurer James Britton reportedly brings home town money and blank checks.
Peschke suggested selectmen get familiar with town business and pertinent state laws as she prepares to leave during the next two weeks.