The chairman of Frodsham Town Council is to leave at the end of February, meaning the post will be vacant for the second time in three months.
Councillor Mike Pusey, who joined the town council 26 years ago at the age of 21, is stepping down due to work commitments.
A Castle Park ward representative, he is also the town’s youngest ever mayor from his stint in the role in 1990.
Cllr Pusey stepped in as chairman after Mark Warren resigned at the end of November.
He said: “I sincerely regret this decision, but the substantial increase in my business commitments have meant that the free time I’ve previously had available to dedicate to my work as a councillor, is now no longer available.
“I will really miss the challenges and friendship that comes with being part of Frodsham Town Council and hope that people understand my decision.”
Cllr Pusey, who cited a significant increase in his work through two businesses, made his announcement at the full council meeting on February 8.
He was serving as deputy mayor and due to take up to the position of mayor for the second time in May.
The outgoing chairman recommended councillor Mallie Poulton to replace him in the ceremonial role as he believed he was the ‘right person at the right time’.
Cllr Poulton said: “Like all councillors I’m shocked and saddened by Mike’s resignation, but I would like to thank him immensely for his contribution to Frodsham over the many years he’s sat on the town council.
“I would also like to personally express my unending appreciation for his suggestion I take over his mayoral duties.”
Meanwhile Donna Critchley was co-opted to join Frodsham Town Council and serve the Lakes Ward after a lack of electors coming forward meant one of the two vacant spots had not been filled.
She said: “I’m delighted to have been voted by councillors to be part of the council.
“Frodsham has been a significant part of my life for many years and I’m looking forward to working hard for everyone who lives in this wonderful place.”
Her sister, Judith Critchley, was elected unopposed to the Lakes Ward last month.
A position still remains open on the Waterside ward, while a final decision on Cllr Pusey’s replacement will be made at the next meeting on February 22.
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