While town residents look to elect their next council member in next week’s special election, Hugh Forsythe served his last set of regularly scheduled council meetings last week.
Forsythe was appointed to the council seat in January, following Kelly Burk’s election to the mayor’s chair last November. With the winner of the special election expected to be sworn in before the Nov. 13-14 council meetings, last week was a goodbye of sorts for Forsythe.
Council members presented their colleague with a resolution acknowledging his service to the town.
“You stepped up when the town needed you,” Burk said, acknowledging she will miss Forsythe’s sense of humor.
“You’ve been a great asset to the council,” Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox said, “But I don’t think you’re going away.”
Reflecting on his almost year-long time on the council dais, Forsythe said he plans to remain involved in town issues. While he won’t rule out a future run for political office, right now he is focused on helping and campaigning for council candidate Josh Thiel, whom he has publicly endorsed for the special election.
“It was very educational,” Forsythe said of his council stint. “It was a worthwhile learning experience.”
He was especially complimentary of Town Manager Kaj Dentler and his staff, whom he commended for being great with follow-through when he had a question or concern. He also praised Burk for her hard work “at making Leesburg a much better town.”
“I got along very well with the majority of council members,” he said. “The majority works very, very hard at making Leesburg a better town.”