Troutdale councilor Anderson resigns
Citing increased work load, family concerns, Eric Anderson's last day March 31
Troutdale Councilor Eric Anderson resigned his seat at the council's regular Tuesday, Jan. 26, meeting.
Serving the last year in his second-term the first of which was the final two-years of Councilor Matt Wand's position after Wand won a House seat Anderson informed the council of his March 31 departure during the council comments section of the meeting.
I started writing this and couldn't stop. This is a tough one, Anderson said, reading from a written statement. I take very seriously my commitment to the city and its citizens.
He said he's tried to serve the city and its citizens to the best of his abilities.
Though some disagree, I feel I've done that, Anderson said. But to do that effectively, however, you have to be present. Being present more than absent is not a promise I can make anymore.
Citing an increasing work schedule in April and family concerns, Anderson said the future conflicts would only detract from his ability to serve Troutdale.
I've taken great pride in serving Troutdale for the last five years, he said. I love this city and no matter where my travels take me, I look forward to coming home.
Anderson's statement was met with surprise from the council and a round of applause from his fellow councilors.
Filling the empty seat come April 1 will be decided in the future. The council can choose to appoint a replacement for the final eight months of Anderson's term, or wait until the November election for a decision by the voters.
Anderson added that while his reasons for resigning are largely schedule based, the known conflicts on the council were a factor.
The recent personality conflicts on the council are getting to the point where we can't conduct the city's business, he said. Maybe this will force them to get along and find some common ground. I highly doubt it, based on what I've been seeing lately, but one can hope.