MONTEREY — Select board member Don Coburn said he will not step down from his elected seat despite a citizens’ petition calling for his resignation bearing the signatures of 32 residents.
The petition, received by the select board March 20, follows months of conflict between the select board members and other town officials. This is the fourth time residents Coburn have demanded his resignation from the select board since he was elected in May.
Since Monterey has no established bylaws for recalling elections, there is no way voters can remove Coburn from his position. Coburn said he has every intention of finishing his three-year term, although he does not plan to run for reelection.
“You think because 25 people out of a couple hundred voters don’t like you, then you should resign?” Coburn said in a phone interview. “That doesn’t sound right to me.”
Coburn said the reason there seems to have been resistance to his work on the select board is that he is, in his own words, is “too stern for small-town politics.”
“People want things to be calm and polite and happy — edenic, like Eden,” he said. “When someone criticizes instead of thinking about whether there’s substance to the criticism, some people get upset.”
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