Leesburg Town Councilman Ken Reid spent his last time on the dais Tuesday night, bidding his colleagues and constituents adieu before his resignation becomes effective Friday.
Reid surprised many with news of his resignation two weeks ago, citing a new job opportunity in the Hampton Roads area. In his final remarks Tuesday, Reid said he’s working in the contracting world with a great group of people, but promised to keep an eye on the goings-on in Leesburg.
“I’ll still be monitoring the scene. I’m still a property owner in Leesburg, voter and taxpayer,” he said.
Reid was most recently elected to the council last November, but his Leesburg political career began about a decade prior. He first joined the council in 2006, and was re-elected to another four-year term in 2010. In 2011, he beat out incumbent Kelly Burk for the Leesburg District supervisor’s seat and served for one four-year term on the county board. He did not seek re-election. Following a one-year political hiatus, he was the top vote-getter in last November’s council elections. With three years remaining on his term, a Feb. 6 special election has been set to fill his seat.
Over his years in public service, Reid earned the reputation as an advocate for transportation improvements. He raised the ire of some of staunch Metro critics when he voted in favor of the Silver Line extension into Loudoun County while on the Board of Supervisors. Though he had raised concerns about the Metro project for years prior, he pointed to the institution of a special tax district to pay for Metro improvements as his reason for eventually joining the 5-4 majority in favor of the project.
Tuesday night, he pointed to what the council had accomplished thus far this year, and he said he was proud to have been a part of it. Not surprisingly, chief among those listed accomplishments was transportation improvements, in the way of forward movement on several key projects in town, including coming improvements to Rt. 15 north, and design work on the Rt. 7/Battlefield Parkway and Rt. 15/Edwards Ferry Road interchanges.
“So this is it,” he said in conclusion. “I have a little bit of sadness about this. I don’t think I’ll be running for anything again, but you never say never.”
His council colleagues praised Reid for his work in public service and wished him well in his future endeavors.
“You most certainly have dedicated a lot of time and effort to the community and I’m sure you’ll be missed,” Burk said.