CHATHAM, NJ – Chatham Borough Mayor Nelson Vaughan has resigned the mayorship effective immediately. In a letter to Borough Clerk Susan Caljean delivered this evening, Vaughan cites his loss to Council Member Bruce Harris in Tuesday's election and familial duties in his decision to step down.

“The reality was clear to me after my loss on Tuesday evening, that I have neglected my familial duties and realize now more than ever that they are the single most important priority in my life," he wrote. “There is an imminent major family event coming up in early December that I must prepare for, and I am way behind in  my preparations. Therefore, I feel it is my family duty to resign.”

Vaughan told the upcoming event is the birth of his first grandchild, for which he would like to be more involved. "My son’s significant other is having my first grandson in early December. I don’t need to have anything to do with the mayor’s office. I have enough to do to get ready. It’s a blessed event."

In his resignation letter Vaughan thanked the Borough Council, officers and employees for their loyalty and services to the residents during his four year term as mayor. “The Borough is indeed blessed by the collective efforts of those who serve this municipality,” he wrote. “I will never forget all of the courtesies extended to me during my tenure in office.”