CAMDEN, NJ—Camden City Council’s vice president resigned on Monday after nearly 10 years in office to spend more time with his family.
Luis A. Lopez, who has served as councilman for Camden’s 4th ward since 2009 and was appointed as council vice president last year, submitted a letter of resignation to the Camden City Council on Monday, and at Tuesday's city council meeting it was announced his resignation was accepted by the council.
In his resignation letter, Lopez said it was a "profound honor" to serve the residents of Camden.
"I am proud of the many accomplishments that I have been a part of as the 4th ward representative, but most proud of the role that I played in making my city a better place to live, work and play," Lopez wrote. "After many years of dedicated public service at much sacrifice to my family, I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife, my children and my grandchildren."
Now, the Camden City Democratic Committee has 15 days to nominate three names to replace Lopez on the city council. Once those names are submitted, the Camden City Council will have 30 days to appoint one of those three names to fill the vacant seat. That person will serve until the end of the year when Lopez’s term was set to expire.
"I commend Luis for his exceptional service to the City of Camden and to our residents. I wish him and his family all the best," said Mayor Frank Moran in a statement.
Camden City Council President Curtis Jenkins said Tuesday night that letters soliciting resumes for those interested in the vacant council seat went out earlier on Tuesday to registered voters in Camden’s 4th ward, which encompasses neighborhoods in North and East Camden.
Lopez was the chair of the code enforcement committee and a member of administration, finance, public works and human services committees.
On Nov. 1, 2018, Lopez retired after working for Camden County's office of Constituent Services and Hispanic Affairs for 21 years, according to county spokesperson Dan Keashen. He retired with a salary of $56,135.
According to his biography on the city’s website, Lopez has been a resident of Camden for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Luis Muñoz Rivera High School and the Metropolitan University Puerto Rico School systems and has worked in the counseling field throughout his career.