One day after Leesburg’s newest Town Council member was sworn in, there is another vacancy to fill on the dais.
Councilman Ken Reid submitted his resignation letter Tuesday afternoon, in an email to his fellow council members and Clerk of the Council Eileen Boeing. Loudoun Now received a copy of the email following a FOIA request.
In the letter, Reid notes that among the reasons he is resigning is a job opportunity in Hampton Roads that will take him out of town on a regular basis. His resignation is effective Dec. 1.
“It would not be fair to the citizens of Leesburg to remain on the council under these circumstances,” the email reads. “It is unfortunate this job opportunity did not materialize closer to Leesburg. However, my family has to be my first obligation.”
The email also states that he will retain his residence and publishing business in the town, though he called the latter a now part-time endeavor. Reid also said he has tendered his resignation to the county’s Transit Advisory Board and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Region Forward Coalition.
It’s a surprise announcement from a longtime political figure in the town.
Reid was first elected to the Town Council in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. In 2011, he upset incumbent Kelly Burk to secure the Leesburg District seat on the Board of Supervisors. He did not seek re-election. Following a one-year hiatus from elected office, Reid was the top vote-getter in November 2016’s Town Council elections, and began serving a new four-year term Jan. 1. Now, three years remain on his term and it will be up to the council to determine how to fill his seat.
“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,” the email reads.
According to the email, Reid is not expected to be at tonight’s council meeting. He also did not attend Monday’s work session. He could attend two more council meetings prior to the effective date of his resignation, as the council holds its next set of bimonthly meetings Nov. 27 and 28.
Attempts to reach Reid Tuesday were unsuccessful.