Edwards, who served on the board for more than 20 years, announced his resignation in a letter to Mayor Doris Hensley dated Feb. 19.
In the letter, Edwards expressed great appreciation to the town’s residents, his fellow board members, the town staff and others he worked with during his years on the board and also regret for what he said was a long thought out decision to step down effective Feb. 21.
The board discussed Edwards’ resignation briefly at their Monday night meeting and agreed to consider Hensley’s suggestion that they leave his seat empty pending November’s municipal election. “They are going to think about it and we’ll discuss it again at our next meeting,” Hensley said.
In the meantime, Alderman Gary Chandler will fill Edwards’ role as the town’s representative on the Erwin Utilities Board of Control. And the town Beverage Board will consider Vice Mayor’s Mark Lafever’s offer to take Edwards’ place as chairman of that board at its next meeting on March 9.
In his letter of resignation, Edwards wrote, “It is out of the greatest respect for my constituents and my unwavering support for the city that I have chosen to step aside. This job is too important to give anything less than 100 percent and unfortunately I am no longer able to give that at this time.
“I have given this decision tremendous thought and consideration. I do not believe it is fair to the council as a whole, to the committees on which I serve or to my constituents who rely on me to represent them for me to continue to remain in office if I cannot fulfill my obligations as alderman.
“It has been the privilege of my life to serve the residents of Erwin. I am honored that the residents have chosen me time and again to be their representative. ... I would like to thank Doris Hensley, all of the city council board members, and the Erwin town hall employees. I also would like to extend a special thank you to Lee Brown, the (Erwin Utilities board of directors) and all of the employees of Erwin Utilities,” he wrote.
Hensley said the town will recognize Edwards for his service at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s March 9 meeting and invited the public to join them in wishing him well at a reception to be held following the meeting.