Potsdam Board of Trustees member Nicholas Sheehan resigns from board after two years
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 6:05 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM – Board of Trustees member Nicholas Sheehan has resigned from the board, effective last Friday, Feb. 2.

Citing time constraints, Sheehan leaves little more than two years into a four-year term.

“This has been a very difficult decision,” Sheehan wrote in his resignation letter to Mayor Ron Tischler. “I have enjoyed being on the board and working with everyone through each task that came before us. The Village staff are all professional, respectful, and wonderful to work with.”

Staff and other board members returned the compliment.

Mayor Tischler said Sheehan has been “a very, very valuable asset to the village.”

“There is only so much time in a day and I now have some larger priorities to focus on,” he wrote. One of those priorities is undoubtedly the new daughter Sheehan and his wife have at home.

“The feeling that I am selling the Village residents short by not putting in the time they deserve from a Trustee is what ultimately drove me to this decision,” Sheehan wrote.

Director of Planning and Development Fred Hanss said Sheehan’s contributions were always worthwhile, and others said they were sorry he was leaving. One expressed the hope that he can return to the board if he gets to a point where he can afford the time.

Sheehan was elected in November 2015.

Tischler said he “will have to appoint a replacement for the balance of this year,” until an election next November. He said he and others are talking to and about candidates. He said he expects to announce an appointee within a few days.

That appointee will serve until that person or another candidate is chosen next Election Day and is installed to fill out the final year of the four-year term.

There is enough time for any candidate who wants to run to get on the ballot before November, Clerk Lori Queor said.