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Canton Trustee McDonnell Leaves Board


Village Trustee Daniel J. McDonnell has announced that he’s resigning his seat on the village board because he’s taken a new job in the Portland, Maine, area.

His resignation takes effect Sept. 1, three months before his first, two-year term expires.

Village Mayor Mary Ann Ashley said she hasn’t decided whether she will appoint someone to fill the seat on a temporary basis or wait until it’s filled by voters in the Nov. 4 election.

“We’re in limbo. I need to have discussions with the board,” Ms. Ashley said following a special village board meeting.

Mr. McDonnell’s resignation means two trustee seats will be up for grabs in November. Incumbent Trustee Brooke E. Rouse was appointed to fill Ms. Ashley’s trustee seat after Ms. Ashley won the mayor’s race. If she wants to stay on the board, she will have to run for election in November.

He said he will miss his work as a village trustee and felt the experience was valuable.

“I hope I’ve been as effective for this community as this board has been to me,” Mr. McDonnell said during the special village board meeting. “I’m sad to leave. This has been a great experience.”

He has served on several village committees, including shared services, economic development, infrastructure and golf course. He also has served on the community’s waterfront revitalization committee.

Mr. McDonnell said he will be working in a real estate business operated by his father-in-law in Limington, Maine, outside Portland.

“I used to work in commercial and residential construction,” Mr. McDonnell said.

The Heuvelton native is leaving his job as assistant director of the outdoor program at St. Lawrence University, where he has been employed since 2005.

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