Selectman Michael Roy will step down from that post in April.
Roy told the other members of the board of selectmen on Tuesday, October 15, that due to professional changes in his life, he will not have time to devote to his role on the board.
“Things are changing in my professional life and I am going to have to devote more time to them,” Roy said. “I’ve just got so many balls in the air right now.”
He said it would not be fair to the town to continue in the position knowing that he would not be able to devote the time needed.
Roy said he is going into real estate and will join the Ellsworth-based Acadia Realty Group. He’s already taken classes and was scheduled to take the real estate exam this month.
The decision came after some recent changes at his Brooklin-based businesses. He closed the Café, he said, and he now has someone to manage the Brooklin General Store. While he was more closely involved with those two ventures, Roy said, he was always based in town and so was available to deal with town business.
Although he will continue to work at the general store, he said, the real estate position will require more travel.
“With real estate, I could be dealing with property anywhere in Hancock or Washington counties,” he said. “Come Tuesday afternoon [when the selectmen regularly meet], I might not be here.”
Roy told the board that he would continue to serve until the annual town meeting in April and that he would remain available to help his successor get acclimated to the post.
There are still two years remaining on Roy’s term. His decision to continue until the town meeting will make for a smoother transition for the town, according to Town Clerk Gigi Hardy.
“We won’t have to schedule a special town meeting to fill the post,” Hardy said.
When she posts notices for the regular election of town officers, Hardy said she will simply advertise the regular three-year position and the two-year term as well.