ETNA GREEN – Etna Green Town Council President Todd Slabaugh submitted his resignation to Kosciusko County Republican Central Committee Chairman Mike Ragan Wednesday night.

In his letter to Ragan, Slabaugh said, “After months of thoughtful consideration I am hereby submitting my resignation as the town council president of Etna Green effectively immediately. I feel I have taken my service to the community as far as possible in the past 16-plus years and that maybe it's time for someone else to move it forward into the next generation.

“I have been proud of, and would like to thank the citizens of Etna Green, former clerk, former and present council members for all their support they have given over the years. It's truly been a team effort. The town/team can be proud of the accomplishments achieved during my tenure including the Junior Football League field at the park, Town of Etna Green Museum, Heritage Park sign (boulder), new playground, and last but not least, a much needed new home for our town offices in the former bank building. Again, thanks for the opportunity to serve.”

Ragan advised Kosciusko County Clerk Ann Torpy this morning of Slabaugh’s decision. Ragan said he’d like to fill the position at or before the next town board meeting. Since there is only one precinct committee person, Steve Sechrist, no caucus will be held. Ragan said he would consult with Sechrist before naming a replacement.

The March town board meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed due to lack of a quorum and has yet to be rescheduled, according to deputy clerk Eileen Hall. Because of legal notification issues, the March meeting also might be cancelled. In that case, the next board meeting is scheduled for April 9.

In the interim, Kevin Smith is the board vice president and will fill in until Slabaugh’s replacement is named.