Riordan resigns from Rockport Select Board

By Louis Bettcher | Apr 14, 2017
Source: LiveStream Brendan Riordan at the April 11 meeting of the Rockport Select Board.

Rockport — Brendan Riordan has announced his resignation from the Rockport Select Board. In an email to Board Chairman Bill Chapman April 12, Riordan said he was unable to endorse decisions made by the board, including those related to plans for a new public library.

Riordan has served on the Select Board since being elected in June 2016. His letter to Chapman reads as follows:

"I am writing to tender my resignation as a member of the Rockport Select Board. As you are likely aware I am unable to endorse many of the decisions the board has arrived at over the course of the last year both relating to the library and otherwise. As I no longer believe I have the ability to be an agent of the type of change that I feel is in the best interest of our community, I am determined to step aside rather than undermine and obstruct future deliberations.

"I thank the citizens of Rockport for the opportunity to serve as their representative on the board and thank the other members of the board for the opportunity to participate. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and any disruption caused by my decision to step down. I take the duties and responsibilities that I was charged with very seriously. I consider it a point of honor to see commitments through and I regret that I am unable to do so in this case."

"I was very disappointed to receive his resignation. I was fairly certain he was frustrated with the way things were progressing. However, having opposing voices frequently leads to better solutions, and he was providing that voice," Chapman said April 14. He added that the board will continue its work on issues including the town budget and the library as it prepares for the June elections.

"I'm a little disappointed. If he wanted a change, change takes time. You can't re-route a river or the history of a town in a year. I wish he had stuck at it a bit longer," said Selectman Owen Casas.

In regard to his resignation letter to Chapman, Riordan said April 14, "I don't have anything else to add."

A seat for the remaining two years of Riordan's three-year term on the Select Board will be filled via secret ballot during the June election. Nomination papers for the position are currently available at the Town Office.

The ballot also has vacancies for two, three-year terms on the Select Board for the seats currently held by Chapman and Geoff Parker. As of April 14, both Chapman and Parker had returned nomination papers seeking reelection.

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