STONINGTON — Glee McAnanly, the only woman and only Republican on the Board of Selectmen, has resigned her post effective Sept. 15 to accept a job in Memphis, Tenn.
Republican Town Committee Chairman Dudley R. Wheeler Sr. said “this is a huge loss for the town.”
“We’re losing a great person who has worked so hard and her heart was in it all the way,” Dudley said. “Glee pretty much went to every town meeting to see what the public felt, what was on their minds. She worked hard and accomplished a lot. It’s a big loss.”
In a resignation letter to the RTC, McAnanly said her “decision is based on a new career opportunity” with her former employer, Service Master, which is headquartered in Memphis.
“I would like to thank the people of Stonington for their encouragement and support over these past few years,” she wrote. “I’m proud of the work we have accomplished.” McAnanly added that she looks forward to seeing the town “become one of the leading communities in the area.”
Calls to McAnanly for further comment were not returned by press time.
RTC Secretary Stephen Bessette said McAnanly “will be missed.”
“The RTC would like to thank Glee for her years of service to the town and congratulate her on her new position,” Bessette said. “She has demonstrated her ability to lead, and she will be missed.”
First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr. said he was notified of McAnanly’s resignation and explained that the Board of Selectmen has 30 days to replace her with another Republican. And if the Board doesn’t fill the seat within the statutory time frame, then the seat it is filled by a vote of the elected town officers in that same party, not including boards or commissions, whose members are not elected.
Bessette said the RTC will now begin the process of finding McAnanly’s replacement. An RTC meeting is scheduled for next week to start the process of identifying potential candidates.
Wheeler said he “told everybody to think about it” at Thursday’s RTC meeting.
“We’ll create a committee and see who is interested,” Wheeler said. “I’m just hoping this transition doesn’t have politics getting in the middle of it. Let’s hope the right thing is done.”
For her part, McAnanly said she’d “work diligently” with the RTC to find her replacement.
When McAnanly decided to run against Haberek for the first selectman’s seat, she said she’d run an issue-based campaign and avoid getting personal. But that did not stop supporters from going there. In the end, McAnanly lost by a slim margin; just 45 votes.
McAnanly is married to Jim McAnanly, and the couple has two sons, Austin, 10, and Connor, 7. She said in her resignation letter she was “reminded of what makes Stonington a special place” while recalling the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Stonington.
“I look forward to visiting the town in years to come,” she wrote.