Struggling to maintain her composure, Salisbury City Councilwoman Laura Mitchell announced tonight she will resign from the City Council, effective Sept. 30.
Speaking through tears, Mitchell said she will move to Rockville, Md., where her husband accepted a new position earlier this year.
The Mitchells are raising their 10-year-old grandson and had to decide whether she would stay in Salisbury or move to Rockville, before the child became too immersed in the new school year, she said.
“We thought, after the recent loss of our granddaughter this would be best for our family,” she said, crying.
The infant died two weeks ago.
Speaking of her City Council service, Mitchell said, “I have enjoyed this immensely.”
Council President Jack Heath said Monday’s legislative session was the most painful he’s presided over since becoming president, because of Mitchell’s resignation.
“Laura has been my right hand. While we don’t always agree, we are committed to excellence in the way we communicate. I personally want to thank her,” he said.
Mitchel was the council’s vice president, filling in for Heath whenever the president was absent.
Councilwoman April Jackson said she’ll miss Mitchell and that she feels they were just getting to know each other.
Mayor Jake Day called the City Council a family whose members care deeply for each other.
“It’s going to be tough to have a family member move away,” he said.
“Laura, you are one of the people I blame for me getting involved in this,” he said about running for election to the City Council, then for mayor.
“Oh, sure” she said, joking with him.
“I am grateful for everything you’ve given to this community. I want to say thank you for your service,” Day said.
Mitchell represents the city’s District 5, which primarily covers east Salisbury. She was re-elected to a second term in November 2015. She was an unsuccessful candidate for County Council in 2014.
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