Terry Quinn resigns from Germantown Hills Village Board

DeWayne Bartels

Germantown Hills Village Board Trustee Terry Quinn has resigned his post.

Quinn made the announcement today on his blog Germantown Hills: A Perspective.

GTH Village Clerk Ann Sasso confirmed Quinn tendered a notarized letter of resignation as required by the village.

On his blog Quinn answered the question, "Why resign now?"

"The people who know me well understand that my values do not allow me to simply ignore breaches of integrity, such as lying, deceit, hypocrisy, and treachery. I also challenge incompetence, and especially abuse of employees. There is no need to state examples of this; much of it is already been described elsewhere in this website. A good politician would probably not let these things bother him. So if I’m not to be known as a 'good politician,' I’ll accept that as a compliment," he wrote.

"For many years, I was proud of the fact that Germantown Hills Boards had a reputation for professionalism and decorum. That has not been the case since the 2009 election ... I talk to many people in and out of government who look at Germantown Hills now as a laughing-stock."

Quinn wrote he could no longer be a part of that. He said the last two years on the village board have been full of shame. Quinn said if he stayed on the board the next two years were likely to be full of acrimony.

"And for the many who stay back and watch the fray, it will continue to come across as juvenile bickering," he wrote.

Quinn wrote that as the future unfolds one of two scenarios will emerge.

"One possibility is that the mayor and his allies will continue to behave poorly.In that case, their performance will be more evident to the entire community, and they will be held accountable at the next election. On the other hand, perhaps they will improve their behavior.And if that happens, it will also be good for Germantown Hills," Quinn wrote.

Quinn expressed concern that GTH Mayor Kenny Mitchell might appoint Ken Slater, who was defeated by six votes in last month's election to replace him.

"The mayor should also understand the political risk if he does this. Even if he does appoint Slater, the n ew trustees will still need to approve that appointment. They will want to study what happened in the past, in detail, before they vote.More of that information will come out to the public. Hopefully the full village board would not approve the appointment if public opinion was against it," Quinn wrote.

"In conclusion, I wasn’t elected to the Germantown Hills Village Board to fight a war, I was elected to serve the community. And for the good of the reputation of Germantown Hills, I have decided that the best way to serve that community is to resign now, at the beginning of the new Trustees’ terms.That will give them a clean start and an opportunity to re-establish a culture of civility on the village board."