Tirman to step down from Bainbridge Island City Council

Bainbridge Island Councilman Matthew Tirman announced Tuesday he will be resigning his seat from the city council.

Tirman made the unexpected announcement at the start of the Feb. 11 council meeting. He said Feb. 28 will be his last day.

“It’s with a bit of a heavy heart tonight, and after a lot of discussion with my family, that as of Feb. 28, I will be resigning from the Bainbridge Island City Council,” Tirman told his council colleagues.

“Over the past five months I have felt that I have been doing a lot of jobs; my day job, this job, being a father and a husband. And I have been doing all of them not very well,” he said.

Tirman said the city needs someone in his council seat who can give the position 100 percent.

“It kills me to say, that that’s just not me right now,” Tirman said.

“It has been probably one of the highlights of my professional career to serve up here,” he added.

“Thank you all very much,” he said to others on the council. “And thank you to the community and the island that I love so much. I’m deeply appreciative.”

Tirman was elected to the seven-member council in November 2017. He easily beat fellow challenger Theodore “Ted” Jones for the District 3, South Ward seat, pulling in more than 58 percent of the vote.

Last June, Tirman, a first-term Bainbridge councilman, announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a possible run for the U.S. House of Representatives.

He later decided not to challenge fellow Democrat and current incumbent Rep. Derek Kilmer for Washington’s 6th Congressional District seat.

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