CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Board of Education member Mary Chambers announced her abrupt resignation from the board, indicating that it would be her final meeting on Monday night at the regular meeting of the BOE.
Chambers made her announcement right before the board went into executive session,
"There is a song out there by one of my favorite artists called 'Life Changes', his name is Thomas Rhett," Chambers said. "It's about how you make a plan and somebody laughs and you have to make a move when you have to make a move. Unfortunately, this is going to be my last board of ed meeting.
"My husband's job situation has changed for the good and we're very excited about that. However, we're uprooting ourselves and leaving the state of New Jersey. We've been here for 23 years, and we have loved every minute of it."
Chambers went on to thank the board and everyone who voted for her and noted that the issues residents had asked her to look into would be passed on to other board members and be pursued.
Mary Chambers makes her tearful announcement that she is moving out of state and stepping down from the BOE
Chambers is in her second year as an elected member of the BOE representing Chatham Township. Her replacement would be serving for little more than a year before the seat would be open again.
Board president Jill Critchley Weber said that it is up to the Chatham Township members of the board to find a replacement. Chatham Township board members include Sal Arnuk, Michelle Clark, Lata Kenney and Matt Gilfillan.