As of last week, the Montross Town Council now sports an empty chair. Councilman Jesse Ault, who has served on the council since 2015, stepped down, sending a letter of resignation to the rest of the council at their monthly meeting last week. The reason cited in the letter was that Ault had taken up a new residence outside of Montross.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision for me,” the letter states, “and not one which I have taken lightly. It has been an honor to serve with such an amazing group of people and see our community flourish over the years.”
The rest of the council wished him well, even if he was not there to hear it, with Mayor King commenting, “He’s been really involved and engaged, and we appreciate the time he spent here. It’s a big deal: the time and effort that everyone spends; so we certainly want to do things that would encourage other people to serve.”
In the meantime, the town council will be cooking up a way to send a giant “thank you” to Ault for the four years he served on the council. According to Town Manager Patricia Lewis, it has been customary to present a thank you resolution for departing council members, and Ault can definitely look forward to receiving one, seeing as the motion passed unanimously.
It remains to be seen who will occupy the now-vacant seat.