North Haven Village Mayor Laura Nolan Resigns


North Haven Village Mayor Laura Nolan has resigned, according to Village Clerk Georgia Welch.

Her departure was made public at last week’s North Haven Village board meeting but was effective April 30, according to Ms. Welch. Ms. Nolan resigned because of personal reasons, she said.

Ms. Nolan did not return numerous phone calls seeking comment.

Board member Jeff Sander said on Tuesday that the board learned about her resignation not long before she announced it. He said there was not a lot of discussion about it and said he would not comment further as to why she left her position. “You’d have to talk to her,” he said.

First elected mayor in 2002, Ms. Nolan served five two-year terms and had one year left in her current term. The next mayoral race will be held in June 2014.

Deputy Mayor Jim Smyth will fill her position until June 30 of this year, when his term is up on the board. He will not seek reelection. He has been on the board since 2002 and was on the Village Planning Board for more than 25 years.

At the board meeting, Mr. Sander had said the board will make an appointment to fill the remainder of the term at the organizational meeting in July, because it “hinges on the election in June,” Ms. Welch said, adding that she did not know who would be in the running. Mr. Sander said on Tuesday that it could be anyone.

“I think [Ms. Nolan] was a great mayor and did a lot of good for the village in her time, and we’ll miss her,” he said.

Ms. Welch said the resignation won’t faze the village. “The village will be moving on the way it always does,” she said.

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