Hardy Rudasill to depart Salisbury Council

Salisbury City Councilman R. Hardy Rudasill, who was appointed in October 2016 to represent District 5, has resigned from the council, effective Jan. 31.

Rudasill announced his resignation at this week’s City Council meeting and told the Salisbury Independent he will close his local law office and move to Baltimore, where he will be involved in public interest law.

He declined to specify where he’ll be working, saying only it’s a non-political organization.

A native of Prince George’s County, Rudasill, 40, a lawyer, said he enjoyed serving on the council and found it educational.

“I’ll never forget sitting through several budget meetings. I’ll never forget that. I was working toward better trash collection for multi-family residences like apartment complexes. I think the council is going to continue working on that,” he said.

“I’m excited about returning to private life,” he said.

Formerly Title 9 Coordinator and Equity Compliance Officer for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Rudasill said he will continue to be a Salisbury resident and split time between Salisbury and Baltimore.

He applied, and was appointed, to fill the City Council seat vacated by former Councilwoman Laura Mitchell.

Mayor Jake Day said Rudasill  was “a dedicated public servant from the day I first met him.”

“He’s given so much to his neighborhoods and stepped up when the City Council needed him. He will be missed in Salisbury and I know he will contribute significantly to his clients in Baltimore,” Day said.

Council President Jack Heath said Rudasill has been on the council, he has had “a positive impact on his district and the entire city.”

“He could be counted on for a thoughtful and insightful contribution regarding the topic being discussed. I wish him well and thank him for his service.”

The city has four weeks after his resignation, or until Feb. 28, to secure a replacement, keeping with the City Charter.

Letters and resumes of interest can be delivered or mailed to the Government Office Building, Office of the City Clerk, City of Salisbury, 125 North Division St., Room 305, Salisbury, Md., 21801.

They can also be faxed to 410-548-3781 or e-mailed to City Clerk Kim Nichols at knichols@salisbury.md.

Letters and resumes must be postmarked by Jan. 31 and received by Feb. 4.

To qualify, an applicant must be a registered voter, at least 21, living in the city at least one year preceding the date of the Council seat vacancy and living in District 5 on the date of submission and while serving on the Council.

The term ends Nov. 5.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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