Rockport Select Board chairman resigns

Will continue to serve as Select Board member
By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 07, 2019
Source: File photo Doug Cole has resigned as chairman of the Rockport Board of Selectmen. He will remain a member of the board.

Rockport — Douglas Cole abruptly announced his resignation as chairman of the Rockport Board of Selectmen Jan. 6, saying he felt he no longer had the "confidence or the support of the board."

"After having given this a good deal of thought, I have decided to resign effective immediately as chairman of the Rockport Select Board," he said in the email announcement. "Six months ago, this board elected me chairman, but over the past several months I feel that I do not have the confidence or the support of the board that I need for me to perform the job effectively. Because of that, I think it would be best for the town if I stepped aside. I had considered waiting until June, but it occurred to me that if Ken [McKinley] decides not to run for office again, the new chair would have to get started with no experience. This way we can install one of you as vice chair and I believe my resigning now will allow a smoother transition for the future chair. I do intend to continue in my role as a regular member of the select board."

Cole was elected to the Select Board in June 2017.

He had moved to Rockport in 1985 and retired from his surgical practice at Pen Bay Medical Center. He previously served on the Planning Board and the Harbor Committee.

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