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Damon Suglia resigning from Middletown Borough Council effective Nov. 17

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 10/2/18

Damon Suglia is resigning from Middletown Borough Council effective Friday Nov. 16, Suglia, the council president, announced at the start of council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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Damon Suglia resigning from Middletown Borough Council effective Nov. 17

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Damon Suglia is resigning from Middletown Borough Council effective Friday Nov. 16.

Suglia, the council president, made the announcement at the start of council’s meeting Oct. 2.

Elected to a four-year seat on council in November 2015, Suglia took office in January 2016.

He became council president in April 2017, when he was promoted to replace Ben Kapenstein, who had resigned as president.

Suglia said he is resigning for personal reasons, due to being “pulled in a lot of different directions” by expanding business opportunities in his life.

“I don’t feel I can give the borough the time or effort or care that it really, really, really deserves,” Suglia told council in making his announcement.

Suglia said he is staying on until Nov. 16 to provide council and the borough with a “smooth seamless transition” toward new leadership.

Such a transition is especially important as council heads into deliberations toward passing a 2019 budget, Suglia said.

“I want somebody else in here that can afford to give the time and dedication during this real busy budget season,” Suglia told the Press & Journal after the meeting. “We need fresh input.”

He offered to stay on as president until Nov. 16. However, Suglia also said that he is “totally fine” if council decides to reorganize to replace him as president between now and his departure date.

Suglia told council it is with “a heavy heart” that he decided to resign.

“I really enjoyed working with everybody here as a team. I feel as if since my time on council we came a long way and I know that you guys will keep taking it in the right direction,” he said.

There was no comment from other councilors, or from Mayor James H. Curry III, in immediate reaction during the meeting to Suglia’s announcement.

Curry and Council Vice President Dawn Knull did not respond to requests for comment from the Press & Journal.

Immediately following council’s Oct. 2 meeting, Suglia told the Press & Journal that his duties as a professional pilot have greatly expanded recently.

“My business opportunities are still growing” as well, he added. “I kind of quelled them a little bit, and I really need to start focusing a little bit on that as well for the betterment of my family. I love the borough … but I think it’s best for the borough at this time as far as getting somebody that has a little more availability, to be able to dedicate a lot more focus.”

Suglia is the third borough councilor to resign in 2018. Diana McGlone resigned in March, followed by Kapenstein stepping down from council on May 1.

Council appointed Angela Lloyd to replace McGlone, and Mike Woodworth was appointed to replace Kapenstein.

Council did not act during the Oct. 2 meeting to establish a process to replace Suglia, given that Suglia intends to stay on council until Nov. 16.

The person who council appoints to replace Suglia would be responsible for completing the remainder of Suglia’s four-year term through Dec. 31, 2019.

They would then be free to run for election to continue holding the seat.