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Mallove steps down from post

During an already intense Bainbridge Island City Council meeting Wednesday, Dan Mallove announced he was resigning from the Utility Advisory Committee.

Mallove, the chairman of the committee, said the recent actions of the council were just too much for him to bear.

“After witnessing the conduct of this council, the majority of this council, not only tonight but over the last several  months, I don’t feel I can work with a body with whom I have little respect or admiration for,” Mallove said.

Prior to Mallove’s announcement the council had voted to immediately terminate City Manager Brenda Bauer from her position. The development sparked a dramatic debate on the dais and and in the council chambers.

Mallove was scheduled to represent his committee and speak on the topic of the city’s water and sewer system. He made his presentation and answered council members’ questions, then  immediately informed the council that the briefing was his last act as chairman and he would no longer be serving on the committee.

“As of now, I resign,” Mallove said after citing his disappointment with the current city council.

He then put on his jacket and exited the council chambers.

“Dan served for a number of years on the Utility Advisory Committee, he did a fine job,” said Councilman David Ward.

“Now he’s choosing not to do that anymore for perceived differences with the council and that’s certainly his option and I commend him for what he’s done and appreciate him,” Ward said.

Ward served on the Utility Advisory Committee with Mallove before joining the city council.

The committee is charged with advising the council on utility issues, such as the sewer and water utility the city manages. Mallove’s term was scheduled to end June 30, 2013.

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