Monday, December 14, 2015

Moriarty To Resign From Town Council

Brian Lee tweets: Southbridge council chairman Shaun Moriarty announced he is resigning from the nine-member panel, effective Jan. 9


Southbridge Council Chairman Shaun Moriarty to resign By Brian Lee

SOUTHBRIDGE -Town Council Chairman Shaun M. Moriarty announced Monday that he's resigning, effective Jan. 9.

The teacher at Pathfinder Regional Vocational High School in Palmer and former Southbridge Evening News scribe cited his increasing commitments.

In a statement, Mr. Moriarty said he had " fallen victim to prioritizing the ever-increasing bullet points on my schedule rather than scheduling my priorities."

Mr. Moriarty thanked all the people he had the good fortune to have worked with and for during his time here, "especially the friends I have made, and also those who were more vociferously difficult to work with."

He said the task of bringing viable businesses that do no harm to the community is a difficult one, but with a proactive town manager and an experienced and well-connected economic development director, "I’m confident we will see an environment in which small businesses, already here and those looking to make a run at the entrepreneurial American dream, will find less red tape, apathy and finger-pointing than in recent years."

The second-term councilman urged residents and voters of Southbridge to pay attention to what goes on in town.

"We cannot afford public discourse to be dictated by nine councilors alone, disgruntled basement bloggers, or a community of individuals who fall victim to a self-fulfilling prophecy of spinning our collective wheels," he said.

Mr. Moriarty was top vote-getter in 2012 and June, and has two-plus years remaining on his term.

Earlier this year, Mr. Moriarty penned on behalf of the council a letter of no-confidence regarding the school board. The no-confidence letter was referenced in the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's scathing report of the schools recently.

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