When the April 8 meeting of the Boothbay Harbor Board of Selectmen adjourned, Boothbay Harbor became short one selectman.
Former vice-chairman of the board Arthur Hathaway resigned as of the end of that meeting.
Hathaway, who was still running for reelection as of last week, has accepted a management position with Bishop’s Store in Jackman, Maine. Jackman is 152 miles from Boothbay Harbor, close to the Canadian border.
This means two people are now running for three open seats on the Boothbay Harbor Board of Selectmen. As the window to turn in paperwork to run has closed, whoever gets the highest number of write-in votes will be elected to the third seat, according to Town Clerk Michelle Farnham.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my nearly three years as a selectman,” Hathaway said in his resignation announcement. “I enjoyed working with Tom Woodin, all the employees of Boothbay Harbor and my fellow selectmen on this board and prior boards.” Hear the full resignation letter below:
Hathaway said he appreciated the confidence Boothbay Harbor voters had in electing him to office.
Under Maine state law, resignations are not official until they are announced and voted upon by the Board of Selectmen. With Hathaway’s resignation taking effect that night, the selectmen took the opportunity to accept both his and Valerie Young’s previous resignation, which is not set to take effect until May 4.
The selectmen expressed appreciation for both Hathaway and Young’s work on behalf of the town, and reluctantly accepted both resignations.
After the meeting the selectmen shook hands and wished Hathaway luck in his career move.