Smith resigns as town manager

by Geoff Fox

Town Manager David Smith resigned from his position on January 9 at the end of a Hancock town council meeting.

Mayor Ralph Salvagno read Smith’s resignation letter during the January town meeting as Smith sat at the front council table.

Smith didn’t say when his last day on the job would be, or why he was resigning. Town council members made no comments on the resignation.

In his resignation letter, Smith said Hancock had changed over the years, and will continue to evolve.

“I am proud to say that I believe I have made a difference, and in a positive way,” he wrote.

Smith became town manager July 1, 2005, replacing Lou Close who was the interim town manager after Larry Logan resigned from the position in September 2004.

Prior to becoming town manager, Smith had served as town councilman from 1999 until he stepped down to apply for and take the town manager position.

In his resignation letter, Smith said he hopes to continue to actively support groups in the community and make Hancock a better place to live and work.

Salvagno accepted the resignation on behalf of himself and town council.

“Thank you for all that you have done for us, Dave,” Salvagno said.

Smith said on Tuesday morning he’s had a great career working for the town. he added he wants to make the transition to the next town manager a smooth one, and his last day hasn’t been set.

Smith would also like to stay involved with projects around town, he said.