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Member resigns before first Juneau Common Council meeting

November 17, 2017

JUNEAU – City Council member Adam Smerecki is resigning from the Juneau Common Council after being appointed as the Ward 2 representative one month ago.

“I thought that Adam would have been a great candidate,” Mayor Dan Wegener said in a phone interview.

According to a letter sent to Wegener, Smerecki states that due to “unforeseen circumstances affecting [him] both personally and professionally” he is resigning as a council member. He continues to say that he does not feel he would be able to serve Juneau the best he could.

“This wonderful community deserves more than I can give now,” he said in a statement.

Smerecki was sworn-in by the council last month. This would have been his first council meeting.

Wegener said that Smerecki commutes to work and it appears to him that Smerecki underestimated the commitment. He added that he is disappointed that this didn’t work out but happy that Smerecki told him sooner rather than later. In the end, he said that family comes first.

With Smerecki departure this leaves a vacancy in the Cable TV Committee and the Blue Zones Committee.

At the moment, there isn’t a replacement lined up and the city is asking for residents in the community to step up following a vote by the council for the position. Ward 2 is also up for election in April.