A Port Royal official resigned Wednesday amid an ongoing, contentious debate about a proposed land deal but said his resignation was unrelated.
Port Royal Town Councilman Klein resigned in a letter to the town Wednesday before its meeting that night.
In the letter, Klein said he was resigning for personal reasons unrelated to Wednesday’s council votes and that he had discussed the decision with his family over the past few months. He resigned now to allow his seat to be included in November’s election, he wrote.
“I am grateful for the confidence the residents have shown in electing me to two terms on Council,” Klein wrote in his letter. “I realize that some may feel that I am letting them down but there are times when you must do what is needed.”
There are now three open Town Council seats in the Nov. 7 election. Klein’s successor would fill the remaining two years of his term.
Klein was elected to Town Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Port Royal Mayor Sam Murray said he met with Klein for about an hour Wednesday and unsuccessfully tried to convince him to stay.
Klein compiled the town’s weekly newsletter and updated residents on talks with the current development group trying to buy the Port of Port Royal. In July, he asked for a town hall meeting to hear from residents about proposed changes developers were requesting to development rules for the property.
He resigned before a vote on those changes. Klein declined to comment beyond providing a copy of his letter.
“We will miss Tom,” Murray said.