Planning board chairman resigns citing extensive time commitment

By Stephanie Grinnell | Mar 03, 2014
Source: camdenlaw.com Chris MacLean

Camden — Planning Board Chairman Chris MacLean has submitted his resignation to the Select Board, citing increased time commitments from the board.

Selectmen are scheduled to address his resignation Tuesday, March 4 during their regular meeting.

MacLean said in an email the work of the Planning Board has increased substantially during the past year, particularly work related to revision of the Comprehensive Plan.

"It is not unusual for me to work in my day job for 10 hours before the start of a three- or four-hour [Planning Board] meeting," MacLean, an attorney, said. "I have been chair of the PB for quite a few years. I enjoyed almost every minute of it. My children are teenagers now, and I hardly get to see them. When they are out of the nest, I will likely reenter the fray of public service."

He also cited frequent professional conflicts that require him to recuse himself from Planning Board discussions.

"Camden is fortunate to have so many hardworking and dedicated residents serving on the Select Board, Planning Board, and other town boards and committees. It is a huge amount of work, but also deeply rewarding. I just don’t have time at the moment to contribute as meaningfully as I would like," MacLean said.

In a letter to selectmen, MacLean said his resignation is effective immediately.

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