Manchester's Councilman Kolodziejski resigns

April 10, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Manchester Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. has announced the resignation of Councilman Robert C. Kolodziejski.

The mayor read the councilman's letter of resignation, dated March 24, at the town meeting Wednesday.

In an interview Friday, Mr. Kolodziejski, whose term expires in May 1995, said, "I have several underlying reasons, some of which are personal."

A supervisor at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum, Mr. Kolodziejski, 41, won his council seat after a 1991 write-in campaign.

"When I was elected, I promised to do the best I could for the town," he said. "Right now, I am not capable of doing as much as I would like. I couldn't give my full commitment. Rather than break my promise, I decided to resign."

Mr. Kolodziejski had submitted his resignation once before, in August. At the mayor's request, he rescinded his decision and remained on the council, he said. Eight months ago, his resignation would have resulted in two vacancies on the five-member panel.

Councilman John Riley left his Manchester seat in October when he accepted reappointment to his job as Hampstead town manager. The council took two months to reach agreement on appointing Christopher D'Amario to fill that vacancy.

"Remaining council members can nominate a replacement, who is then elected by vote of the majority of members," said Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Baldwin.

Anyone interested in serving should contact a council member, said Ms. Baldwin.

Candidates would also have to sign an ethics form available at the town office.

Mr. Kolodziejski said, "Hopefully, the council will come to a quicker agreement on my replacement than they did on Mr. Riley's."

He said he hoped the council members would put aside "disruptive personal feelings" and concentrate on what will help the town.

"I pray council members can put their personal feelings behind them and get on with the business of running the town and making decisions for residents," he said.

Without a replacement for Mr. Kolodziejski, the council may find itself frequently at an impasse. According to the town charter, which is undergoing revision, the mayor cannot vote to break a tie.

Mr. Kolodziejski said he plans to remain "active and informed" on what occurs in Manchester. As a private citizen, he said, he will have more freedom to voice his opinions.

"As a courtesy to my colleagues on the council, I have not openly voiced what I felt about certain actions," he said. "As a taxpayer, I have every right to voice my opinion."

He is resigning "with mixed emotions" and has not ruled out a return to politics, he said.

"When I have the time to do as I would like, I may seek office again," he said.

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