By John Anderson, 9/20/21
Wellsville Town Councilman William Fish Jr. has resigned from the town board in a letter dated Sept. 15, 2021. His resignation was not discussed at an emergency meeting on Friday (he did not attend) and was sent to the media today.
Fish said, “My other commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfil the requirements of my position on the Board, and I feel it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.”
Fish attended five of 10 meetings in 2021, and one he could not attend was a special meeting in May. He did attend the September meeting and mentioned work had caused him to miss the July and August meetings.
According to the Association of Towns in Albany, “the town board or a majority of the board may appoint a qualified person to hold office for the remainder of the term.”
Wellsville Town Supervisor Shad Alsworth said, “The town board will look to the Republican committee to present a candidate to fill the vacated position of Town Councilman, as Mr. Fish was elected as a registered Republican. The Town Board will also look forward to talking with anyone in the community who reaches out with interest to fill the position. We are under no time constraint to fill the vacancy, and will only appoint a candidate to the position when it appears we have reached support levels that will satisfy a majority vote.”