Hoquiam School Board member Dave Westby has resigned from the board and his position as the board’s chairman.
Westby emailed Hoquiam School Superintendent Mike Parker Feb. 21 to say he was resigning, effective immediately, and the board accepted the resignation Thursday evening.
He cited increased personal business responsibilities and increased responsibilities for board members due to a strategic planning process as reasons.
“… It is apparent I am not able at this time to make that additional investment,” he wrote. “I can appreciate the need for board members to invest more time to be in better touch with the district and its needs.”
Parker said he called Westby to verify his desire to resign, and he “stuck to his guns.’
“Dave’s service to the board, the district and its students and staff was profound,” said Parker. “His commitment to the job and office will be genuinely missed.”
Board member Hoki Moir, who served alongside Westby since they both started six years ago, said he will miss Westby’s presence.
“We didn’t always see eye to eye, but I learned a lot from him. He”ll be missed,” Moir said.
The board promoted Chris Eide to Westby’s chairman position, and board member Moir was elected to be vice chairman.
Next, the board will advertise for Westby’s position, then publicly interview and vote on the candidates.
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