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Ken Reid at his Leesburg Town Council swearing-in. Times-Mirror File Photo
Leesburg Town Councilman Ken Reid is resigning from council effective Dec. 1, according to a letter sent to his council colleagues Tuesday.

Reid cites work and family obligations as the reasons for his departure.

"Among the reasons I am resigning is that I have obtained a very good career opportunity in the Hampton Roads area," Reid said in his letter. "As a result, I am unable to attend council meetings and meet other obligations of elected office. It would not be fair to the citizens of Leesburg to remain on the Council under these circumstances."

Reid was elected to council for a second stint in 2016. In between stays on the town's governing body, he served on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors as a Republican representing the Leesburg District from 2012-2015.

The Leesburg Town Council voted unanimously to accept Reid’s resignation at its Tuesday night meeting. Reid was not present, though he will still be in term for one more council meeting.

“We appreciate his work and dedication to the community,” said Councilman Tom Dunn, who made a motion to add discussion about Reid to the night’s agenda.

Council also voted unanimously to ask the board of elections if a special election can be arranged for early February, thus giving potential candidates time to campaign and allowing the new council member to come on before budget discussions. The special election will cost residents nothing because funds are already available, Town Manager Kaj Dentler said.

Previously, as in former councilman Hugh Forsythe’s case, members were selected by appointment. However, because Reid still has three years left in his term, council agreed that a special election would be more appropriate.

"I think we owe it to the citizens to allow them to pick their representation," Dunn said.


Read Reid's full letter below:

This is my formal letter of resignation from the Leesburg Town Council, which I would like to make effective Friday Dec. 1, 2017.

Among the reasons I am resigning is that I have obtained a very good career opportunity in the Hampton Roads area. As a result, I am unable to attend council meetings and meet other obligations of elected office. It would not be fair to the citizens of Leesburg to remain on the Council under these circumstances.

It is unfortunate this job opportunity did not materialize for me closer to Leesburg. However, my family has to be my first obligation. I am still retaining my residence and publishing business in Leesburg, which is at this point a part-time endeavor.

I also have tendered my resignation from Loudoun County's Transit Advisory Board and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Region Forward Coalition, which I have served since 2012 when I joined the Board of Supervisors .

I delayed my resignation so it would not be an issue in the recent town council special election, nor distract from Vanessa Maddox's swearing-in last night. I will be unable to attend tonight's business meeting.

I am grateful to the voters of Leesburg for the honor of electing me three times to the Town Council and once as Leesburg District Supervisor. I am hopeful the citizens of Leesburg will elect a great replacement to serve out the remaining three years of my term.

That's all I plan to state on this matter. It has been a pleasure to serve the community. Thank you, and God bless the wonderful residents of Leesburg and Loudoun County.

Sincerely,

Ken Reid


Comments


Clearly, TRK113 does not live in Loudoun County.  Because of Ken Reid, this County is now facing having to pay billions of dollars in costs for the Metro system, and the Silver Line. Loudoun County could have gotten all the benefits itneeds, if the last station was in Fairfax County, just s few miles from most places in Eastern Loudoun County, and reachable by a bus system for the rest of Loudoun County.  Ken Reid was, is, and if he comes back, will be, a disaster for Leesburg and Loudoun County.


Counting the number of “I"s in a resignation letter? Get a life.


Loudoun County will thrive in the future because people like Ken Reid had the wisdom and foresight to facilitate the Silver Line’s extension into Loudoun rather than listening to the small minded people who can only think of what’s best for them at this particular moment in time. Thank you Ken and best of luck in the future.


“Thirteen times he used the pronoun “I” in his resignation…it’s always all about him.”

So, “pragmatist”, are you upset he is quitting? Do you wish him to stay where he is? You say it’s “always all about him.” Seeking better career opportunities usually are, and if you have a family, it’s also about them. So, “pragmatist”, are you saying that Reid is letting down the citizens by finding a very good career opportunity for himself and his family?

You know, whenever I sought a better opportunity in my career, it was also always about ME, as well.


I wish these wing nuts would get as upset over the sad clown circus we have in the White House as they do over Metro.  Talk about missing the forest as they gnaw on their favorite tree….


The article says he is still living in Leesburg so that assumes he will be paying for the Silver Line decision (uggh).  But without him in politics it means Leesburg will be stuck with Kelly Burk as mayor for a long time.  Watch your pocketbooks folks, the tax collector is coming.


Good riddance…what a waste of an elected seat…hope Hampton Roads realizes what a mental midget they are getting…he is like our own version to T-Rump..


Bye, Felicia.


The Town of Leesburg has been dead for a long time.  They elect the same mental midgets every election.  It is no wonder the town is not going any where.  To blame it all on Ken Reid is ridiculous.  You need term limits and a complete overhaul of town council.


He probably thought it was a good idea to split town before the Silver Line bankrupts the county.


Thirteen times he used the pronoun “I” in his resignation…it’s always all about him.


Reid is leaving a chair empty on Council but it will join the empty heads of the rest of Council.


Leesburg, and the County of Loudoun is now a safer place to live - but we all will face for decades to come, the betrayal of Ken Reid being the swing vote on the Silver Line Metro, which will lead to the bankrupting of this County.  Good riddance, Ken Reid.


Holy cow! How is Leesburg ever going to survive without him?

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