It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation to the Elgin City Council effective immediately. I appreciate the voters of Ward 3 that elected me to this position. It has been an honor to serve and your encouragement and support has made the decision to resign difficult.
When I chose to run for this position it was with the support and encouragement of my wife, Christine. She knew my desire to serve and give back to the community that has been my home for the past 18 years. Tragically she died a few months before the election. After much thought and prayer I chose to continue in the race. I knew that is what she wanted for me. I also wanted to serve as a way of giving back to all my friends and neighbors that supported me during my time of loss. If I am honest, I also thought serving would help give me a distraction from my unmeasurable grief.
However, my first priority has always been my son. Raising a five-year-old that is also dealing with grief and the loss of his mother has been a challenge. He has recently started kindergarten, which has brought on a roller coaster of emotions and additional responsibilities to our day-to-day routine.
I wish I was the type of person that could balance multiple responsibilities, but this past year has taught me that is okay to say I am struggling. At this time all my attention needs to be on my son. The extra time I am spending on city council responsibilities has become an extra burden in my life. I want to be able to give 100% to city council responsibilities and that just is not possible at this time. The extra time that the council has been meeting with approving the budget and the recent late night executive sessions have been a challenge for me and my family commitments.
Thank you to all my fellow council members that have extended grace to me. It has been a learning experience serving on the council. I have enjoyed it and it has been an honor to serve. I love this community and want only the best for Elgin. It is an exciting time for Elgin and the future growth that is coming. I wish the very best to whoever is selected to fill my position.