Former police officer Dominick Jacobellis has emailed his resignation as mayor to new Gladstone City Administrator Eric Swanson.
Jacobellis unseated longtime former Gladstone Mayor Wade Byers by fewer than 10 votes in November. Jacobellis did not attend Tuesday's City Council meeting or return requests for comment.
"Eric, I can no longer devote the energy necessary to honor the duties for mayor," Jacobellis wrote in the brief email. "I regret to inform you that I'm resigning as mayor. Good luck to you in the future."
Swanson read the resignation email the night before Jacobellis was scheduled to appear with other local mayors at the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce's State of the Cities luncheon on Wednesday. Council President Tom Mersereau took over at the luncheon and will be acting mayor, leading City Council meetings until the City Council appoints an interim mayor. The City Council will need to decide on how to fill the vacant City Council seat created by this resignation.
Swanson wrote in a press statement, "Serving on the City Council can be a real challenge since it becomes your second job, and it is often quite a demanding one. During the past year, the Gladstone City Council has dealt with many major issues including moving forward on the redevelopment of the current City Hall site into a three-story joint library/city hall building. The proposed library will also serve the residents of Oak Lodge. The City Council also approved the hiring of key city staff positions to include a public works director, accounting manager, full-time fire chief and city administrator. Speaking on behalf of the city, we acknowledge the many hours of meetings and work that Mayor Jacobellis has given to Gladstone. We understand the need to put personal matters first and wish him the best in his future endeavors."