Wrightsville mayor resigns
Wrightsville Mayor Neal Habecker handed in his resignation last week, with less than a year left in his second term.
With that, he concludes his 11 years of service with the borough, seven of which he served as mayor and four as a council member.
“I just decided it’s time to return and refocus my attention and time and business again,” the 49-year-old contractor said Thursday night.
Habecker said he wasn't angry or frustrated with the job, but he said it could be very demanding.
“It consumes a lot of your thought process and your time,” he said
Resignation: Habecker said the borough council has yet to accept his resignation. Once they accept it, the mayoral powers will shift to the borough council president, who is Greg Scritchfield, according to the borough's website. Scritchfield could not be reached.
Habecker said a new mayor will be appointed by the borough council at some point, and that person will be the mayor for the remainder of Habecker's term.
“If they appoint somebody, that person will only be there for the remainder of the year,” he said.
Before becoming mayor, he served four years as a council member.
“It was a very good 11 years," he said.
Mayor: Reflecting on his time as mayor and councilman, Habecker said a lot has been done since he started the job.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but in that 11-year period, we completed a comprehensive plan,” he said, adding that it was the first in more than 30 years for the borough.
He also mentioned the riverfront redevelopment plan as well as a zoning ordinance that came into place during those 11 years.
“I’ve always enjoyed the job," he said.
Habecker said he received $750 a year for the job, and he always gave the money away.
What's next: Habecker said he hopes to devote his time to his job as a contractor as well as spend some time with his family, which includes his wife and three children.
Despite leaving the position, Habecker said he has no intention on leaving the borough.
“I’m not going anywhere. I’m here," he said.
Habecker said he has high hopes for the borough, saying it has "a lot of potential."
“It’s a beautiful place to live. It will continue to be a beautiful place to live,” he said.
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