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Middletown seeks to fill council seat

By Alex Bridges

MIDDLETOWN - A member of the Middletown Town Council stepped down last month for health reasons, leaving another vacancy for leaders to fill.

Councilman Clarence C. "Trip" Chewning III resigned from his post effective at the end of June.

"I resigned for personal health reasons," Chewning said by phone Wednesday.

Chewning submitted his letter of resignation to the town June 28, Clerk Rebecca Layman said. Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV advised council members at a work session on Monday of Chewning's resignation.

In an email on Thursday, Harbaugh offered tribute to Chewning and his time on council:
"Middletown has lost a great Councilor, he was an expert at the finance committee and we had our best financial months under his supervision. Trip was a great friend, a mentor to me and I wish him the best of luck. I'm sad to see him go."

Chewning joined the council in the spring of 2012 along with Councilmen Thomas Simon and John Copeland after the abrupt resignation of two members and the mayor at the time.

Chewning said he enjoyed his time serving on council.

"I really regret that I had to resign," Chewning said. "I didn't really have any choice. I guess they'll have to get somebody to fill it."

Chewning's departure comes only a few weeks after Town Council filled a vacancy by appointing Carolyn S. Aliff. Councilwoman Mary Shull resigned because she moved back to her hometown of Strasburg.

Layman said the town has begun advertising for the applicants to fill Chewning's seat. The deadline to submit applications with the town is Aug. 1.

Aliff and whomever council appoints to fill Chewning's seat remain in the positions through the end of the year. Frederick County will hold a special election for voters to pick who holds the two council seats for the remaining time of the four-year terms.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

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