TREMONT — Selectmen on Monday accepted the resignation of a board member and decided to wait until spring to fill the vacancy.
Bobby Lee submitted a resignation letter to the town saying that, as of Oct. 29, he was resigning from the board of selectman. He gave no reason for his decision.
The board voted unanimously to accept Lee’s resignation with regret.
Lee became selectman in 2009 and was reelected to the position in 2012. His three-year term was to expire in May.
Lee, who was the board’s vice-chairman, recently had missed a string of meetings due to a health issue. One of the policies of selectmen is that a member who has three unexcused absences is a row must submit a resignation letter, which the board is free to accept or not. In this case, Lee’s absences were excused by the other members.
Selectmen had a lengthy discussion Monday on whether or not to fill the slot. They have already been operating with only four members since last July.
Because of the notification requirements, even if a special election was held, a new board member would not be seated until March. Selectmen decided to save the time and expense of a special election by waiting to fill the slot at the annual town meeting in May.