Four months into his fourth term as the mayor of Newark, Delaware, Vance Funk, III is calling it quits by year’s end.
News that City Manager Carol Houck and city council members only learned yesterday, after Mayor Funk’s letter of resignation was forwarded to them via email. According to the letter, Funk’s last day is Dec. 31, 2013.
Funk was first elected in April 2004.
“Vance’s enthusiasm and commitment to our community will be missed come the New Year,” Houck said, admitting she was aware the mayor was considering resigning.
Worried about his health, Funk states, “I can no longer afford the adverse health consequences that come with my ever increasing blood pressure caused by the anti-Wawa campaign and the other issues before the city.”
Funk is referencing protests and fallout over a proposed Wawa on South Main Street.
“His health, of course, should come first and foremost,” said Houck.
According to a statement released by the city, Wednesday, confirming the news, the city “is thankful Mayor Funk will be in office to participate in the upcoming budget process.”
A special election will be held to find Mayor Funk’s replacement, but Community Affairs Officer Dana Johnston says the city is poring over Newark’s charter to determine when and how it should be carried out.
A copy of Mayor Funk’s resignation letter is below: