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Smithsburg council member resigns

January 06, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council member Tom Chiarizia has resigned because of new job demands that make it impossible for him to serve on the council, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Monday night.

Town council members will select a replacement for Chiarizia, although it is not known when that will happen, Myers said.

Myers said Chiarizia's new job involves working evenings, which conflicts with town council meetings.

Myers said she received a letter of resignation from Chiarizia before the holidays and his resignation became effective around Dec. 31.

Chiarizia was elected in 2006 and was serving a four-year term, Myers said. Myers said she liked Chiarizia because of his common sense and hardworking approach to the job, which pays $1,500 a year.

"I really regret losing him," Myers said.

Chiarizia said Monday night that he might run for town council again if his job responsibilities allow it.

"I truly enjoyed my time as a town councilman," said Chiarizia, who said he works as a federal police officer near Washington, D.C.

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Myers said she plans to formally announce Chiarizia's resignation at tonight's council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Myers said town council members must meet qualifications such as being a town resident for at least one year and being a qualified town voter.

Myers said anyone who has questions about the position can call 301-824-7234.

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