Clay Supervisor Mark Rupprecht announced at Monday night's board meeting that he will be resigning from his position effective Nov. 19.
I was recently made a senior broker at CB Richard Ellis [a real estate brokerage company], Rupprecht said. I also have a growing family. I want more time to dedicate to my family, and I don't want to give up a job I love.
Rupprecht described the numerous duties of the position of town supervisor, pointing out that he was responsible for over 100 employees, keeping up with federal and state policy changes, responding to the public and conducting public meetings.
Deputy Supervisor James Rowley will take over supervision of the town until a new supervisor is appointed.
In good hands
I wanted to leave the town better than I found it, Rupprecht said. I can say that I do leave it in good hands. Jim Rowley is well-suited to leading this town forward. In fact, he ran against me in 1987. He's gotten a lot smarter since then.
Rupprecht said that he will gladly continue to serve the town as a volunteer in any capacity he can.
The rest of the board expressed their regret at Rupprecht's departure and pointed out the good he has done for the town since taking over the office after the death of Pat DiDomenico in February of 2003.
In my judgment, and surely the board will agree, you have definitely left this town in a better place than we started with, Rowley said. Your decision was not easy, but you stayed steadfast, and I admire you for that.
Councilor Clarence Ryecraft agreed. You stepped in some big shoes [after DiDomenico's death], he said. You've filled them very, very, very well.
All of the board members promised that Rupprecht would be honored more formally at a later date.