Douglas resigns as North Irwin mayor after five years
North Irwin Mayor James Douglas resigned from borough government last week.
In a letter read at the Nov. 10 council meeting, Douglas said he was proud to have served as mayor for the past five years and that his resignation stems from changes in his life, which he did not specify.
Douglas wrote that he’s proud to have helped create “a calmer, more productive” environment in borough government, and he noted that one month into his tenure, he received a trial by anything but fire when the region was hit with a heavy snowstorm.
“I will never forget the efforts of the borough workers and the fire hall that day as I called a state of emergency. I will never forget delivering food gift cards with RONI (Recreation Organization of North Irwin) to help those in our borough. I will not forget the many kind faces of those I have met while serving as mayor,” he wrote.
Douglas also challenged borough council to support the North Irwin Volunteer Fire Department and RONI.
Council member John McIntire spoke highly of the former mayor.
“He was a very good man,” McIntire said. “I hope people understand that we liked him as our mayor and that even though things changed for him and he had to move on, we wish him well.”
Residents of the borough can send letters of interest to apply for the mayor’s position to the town hall building at 21 Second St., North Irwin, PA 15642.
Council President Michael Schade will serve as acting mayor until a new mayor is chosen.
Officials said the borough was allocated about $21,500 in state liquid-fuels funding through PennDOT.
This money is allocated based on the mileage and population of the borough. It’s used to pay for road maintenance and to pay for streetlights.
Christy Walters is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.