Gerard O’Malley announced Wednesday he will resign from Newtown Borough Council, just months after being reelected to his second term.
O’Malley, a democrat who works in the pharmaceutical industry, said a new position that comes with expanded duties, including international travel, will not provide him adequate time to dedicate to the borough.
A father of three daughters, O’Malley said the decision to resign was not one he took lightly, but in the end decided he needed to strike a work-life balance that allowed him time with his family.
“After considerable thought, I feel it is the best thing to do for the residents of Newtown Borough,” he said. “If I can’t give it my all, I won’t be satisfied with myself and the residents won’t be satisfied with me.”
In a letter submitted to council, O’Malley stated his resignation was effective Wednesday. However, at the advice of the borough solicitor, council requested O’Malley reconsider to allow them 30 days to seek a replacement. He agreed.
Members of council and the public expressed their appreciation for O’Malley’s dedication over the past four years.
“It is with a great deal of regret that we will be accepting his resignation,” council President Bob Walker said. “Filling his shoes is going to be a challenge.”
Mayor Dennis O’Brien initiated a standing ovation.
Resident Diane LeBas joked, “Gerard, do you have to break up with us on Valentine’s Day?”
The borough will advertise for applicants to fill the position.
O'Malley is the co-chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. He is the liaison to the Long Term Parking Committee and the Traffic Committee.
Prior to being elected to council, he was a member of the Newtown Borough Planning Commission.