by Lisa Tome
Less than a year into his four year term, Rising Sun police commissioner Joe Shephard has resigned his post.
Shephard said Tuesday that his resignation became effective October 1. He also said he will not attend the Tuesday, October 11 town meeting. He cited his busy schedule as the reason he won't continue to serve.
"This has been percolating for two months. I've had positive changes on my part and now it's a time issue. I can't devote as much time as before. I can't put in all the time I want to. What's going on in town needs a lot of attention," said Shephard.
"Calvin (town administrator, Bonenberger) has done a good job but he can't do anything without our input. This job definitely takes a lot of time and attention. The biggest thing I've learned is that it takes more time than you can ever imagine," Shephard said.
During his tenure, Shephard helped to organize and/or support events such as the Police Appreciation Breakfast, a Support Police Rally, and a recent Prayer Walk organized by local churches. He also continues to serve with Shop with a Cop Cecil County.
Shephard was the top vote getter in the October 2015 election. He served three weeks short of a year. The mayor will appoint his successor with confirmation from the town board.
"We are sad to see him leave. He was strongly committed to the town and the police department. We will accept his resignation at the next town meeting," said Mayor Travis Marion.
Shepherd is only the most recent town board member who resigned before their term expired. In recent years, Commissioners George Walker, Bernie Chiominto, Lyn Dugger have all left office for various reasons prior to their terms being up.