Citing ongoing health issues, Karl A. Johnson resigned his seat on the Light Commission “immediately,” in a letter to Town Clerk Robin Michaud dated July 13.
Johnson had been reelected to a three-year term on the Light Commission in 2021.
Under the town’s process for filling such vacancies, the remaining four members of the Light Commission will meet in joint session with the members of the Select Board to appoint a commissioner to serve in the seat until next June’s annual town election, and then the town’s voters will get a chance to elect someone for the remaining year on Johnson’s term.
The Light Commission race was the tightest of the contested races on this year’s town election ballot, ultimately requiring a recount.
In that recount, Jean-Jacques Yarmoff was confirmed as the winner by 33 votes, unseating incumbent commissioner Walter Homan.
It was not immediately known whether Homan would have interest in being appointed to Johnson’s seat, but he would seem to be a logical contender, given his long service on the commission and recent interest in the position.