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WEST CHESTER — West Chester Borough Council is one member short after the July 15 resignation of Brian Abbott.
Abbott, who had represented Ward 3 in the borough since 2014, is relocating to Lower Merion, Montgomery County, for personal and professional reasons, leaving the spot vacant for the time being. His four-year term on borough council was set to expire in 2018.
“I want to thank the residents of Ward 3 for placing their trust in me to represent their interests and the interests of the borough as a whole,” Abbott said in a release. “I believe that during my tenure, council has made great strides in improving the transparency of its decision-making processes, has begun the hard work on stabilizing the borough’s long-term finances and has made information more proactively available to residents.”
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Other members of borough council agree that Abbott brought great qualities to the group.
“Brian, as both a member of council and as a member of council’s Citizen Financial Committee, brought strategic and tactical thinking and depth of understanding to the issues facing the borough,” said Ellen Koopman, borough council president. “His dedication to and passion for making the borough a better place for residents and businesses will be hard to replace.”
Council has up to 45 days to appoint a replacement from Ward 3 to fill Abbott’s vacancy, as per the borough’s Home Rule Charter.
Any resident of Ward 3 who is interested in being appointed can review the requirements and obtain an application from the borough. Details of the process can be found on the borough’s website at www.west-chester.com.
“I thank my colleagues on council for working with me to address these concerns and leave knowing that council will continue to work on improving quality of life for all borough property owners,” Abbott said.