June 6, 2014 at 1:24 PM
At the end of Lansdale Borough Council's meeting Wednesday night, a seat opened up on council in Ward Three.
Councilwoman Liz Troy—after 155 days on council—resigned effective Wednesday, citing personal and work reasons.
Council President Jason Van Dame said he received Troy's resignation notice Tuesday night.
The two eligibility requirements for interested candidates: You must have lived in the borough for more than one year, and you must reside in Ward Three.
Interested candidates for appointment by a majority vote of council to serve the remainder of Troy's 4-year term must submit letters of interest and resume no later than noon June 12, addressed to Van Dame or Borough Manager Timi Kirchner at 645 E. Ninth St. Council is expected to make an appointment at its June 18 action meeting.
"I am resigning tonight. My reasons are a combination of things. I think everyone knows my workload at my job increased, and it would get in the way of my duties," Troy said. "It's a combination of that and something of a personal matter. Some people very close to me know about it. I aplogize for being mysterious, but it remains a personal matter."
Troy, a vaccine document quality analyst at a pharmaceutical firm, said it was a honor to serve in the short period of time.
"It was a privilege to chair the Public Safety Committee in my first few months of council. I thank you, Councilman (Jack) Hansen for the opportunity," she said. "I enjoyed working with the chief (Robert McDyre) and Sgt. (Alex) Kromdyk. I wish everyone well going forward. It's been a pleasure."
Of her duties off council, Troy is in charge of the Democratic write-in campaign for Hansen for the Pennsylvania State House 147th District, challenging incumbent Republican Bob Mensch.
Van Dame thanked Troy for her time and told her he respected her decision to resign from council.
"I wish you well. I hope everything works out for you," Van Dame said.
Borough Manager Timi Kirchner said the borough will use all means of communication to get word out about the vacancy.
"Thank you very much for your time," she told Troy. "I promise you we'll continue to work hard."
Hansen thanked Troy for her time on council.
"I appreciate all the help and the support," he said.
Mayor Andy Szekey also thanked Troy for serving on council.
"We appreciated it, and the borough certainly appreciated it," he said.
Councilman Rich DiGregorio too thanked Troy for serving her time.
"It's been a pleasure," he said.
Troy was elected in November 2013 to represent Ward Three, along with Democratic Councilman Leon Angelichio. The pair defeated Republican challengers Cory Brown and Pete Schmitt. Troy and Angelchio had defeated prior in the 2013 Democratic Primary residents Bob Willi and Richard Strahm.
At a meeting in April, Troy erroneously attempted to immediately oust the sitting solicitor and replace him with former solictior Sean Kilkenny.
At another meeting in April, Troy made a motion to stop a request for qualifications for solicitor process and appoint Kilkenny as solicitor. She also voted in favor of replacing Kirchner as manager at that same meeting, after a controversial motion by a just-ousted-as-council-president Hansen; her vote, and the votes of Hansen and DiGregorio, were defeated by a majority.