Jones To Stand Down At Month's End
KEENE, NH - Keene City Council's Dean in terms of continuous active service will hand in his resignation to tonight's Council meeting.
Philip M. Jones has represented Ward Four for 14 and a half years, being elected initially in 1997.
The problem is: Jones no longer will be living in Ward Four.
While his resignation letter doesn't offer the explanation, Jones told WKBK News this morning it's all about downsizing. Having decided they no longer need a home with 4 bedrooms, Jones and his wife June found a place more to their "empty nest size"....in Ward Five.
Jones says friends and current council colleagues already have inquired whether he might return to Council in the future, either as an At-Large or a Ward 5 member. And he's not ruling it out.
Jones has served as chairman of multiple council and other committees, most recently Council's Planning, Licenses & Development Committee.
"I am proud to have introduced many issues and worked with others on their issues that will have a positive effect on the City of Keene for many years to come," Jones writes in his letter of resignation. "I thank you all (4 Mayors and many council colleague) for being there for me."
Appointyment of a successor will occupy Council at a near-future date. Mayor Kendall Lane will choose the next Planning, Licenses & Development chairman.