WILTON — Selectboard Chairman Paul Berkey Jr. has resigned from his position, effective immediately. Options for filling the position will be discussed at the board’s Tuesday meeting.

Berkey submitted his resignation letter to Town Manager Rhonda Irish on Sept. 24, stating that he was moving out of state Oct. 1. Irish said that the last board meeting was held on Sept. 15, and therefore the board did not know he was going to resign.

Berkey’s resignation letter stated that he had given his resignation a lot of thought and believed moving out of state was in his best interest. He added that he was sorry for any inconvenience his resignation might cause, Irish said.

Berkey’s three-year term as chairman was set to expire in June 2017.

According to state law, whoever replaces Berkey must be elected, not appointed. Irish cited three options for making that happen.

The board’s first option would be to operate with only four members instead of five until the town’s next election, in June 2016. The second option would be to begin collecting applications on Wednesday for nominees to fill the position in order to have the position on the Nov. 3 ballot. The third option would be to allow for the full 45-day nomination process, and the board would schedule for a special election day on which the vote would be held prior to June.

In 2012, Berkey was elected to serve the last two years of former board member Paul Gooch’s term when Gooch moved to Wells. Berkey was re-elected to serve a three-year term in 2014 and was appointed chairman this year.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate

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