AMESBURY — Just a week after its first monthly meeting, the new City Council has lost a member after District 6 City Councilor Rick Marggraf announced his resignation Tuesday morning.
The City Council was sworn into office Jan. 2 and held its first meeting Jan. 14.
Marggraf dropped off a letter for City Clerk Christine Dixon, informing her of his resignation effective immediately at 8:04 a.m. Tuesday.
He also sent an email to The Daily News on Tuesday morning to announce his resignation, but couldn't be reached by phone or email for further comment.
Marggraf cast the only vote Jan. 14 against an administrative order from Mayor Kassandra Gove's administration to hire a communications director at roughly $54,000 a year.
A bill co-sponsored by Marggraf and District 2 Councilor Anthony Rinaldi, designed to expand the city’s senior tax exemption program, was unanimously referred to the Finance Committee on Jan. 14.
Marggraf was first elected to his seat in 2017 and received 342 votes in his re-election campaign in November. Michael Hogg ran against Marggraf last fall, receiving 287 votes.
In his letter to the newspaper, Marggraf wrote, "I would like to thank the folks of Amesbury’s District 6 for the honor of representing you on the City Council the past two years. I strived always to provide excellent constituent service as well as support issues important to the success of the city. I leave office confident that I have made a positive impact on those who elected me and I wish the new City Council well in the next two years.”
Hogg received 45.9% of the vote in November, which makes him eligible to fulfill Marggraf's unexpired term, according to Assistant City Clerk Sharon Dunning.
Dunning said he has accepted the position, but details on the transition have yet to be worked out.
Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.