Former Dorset deputy mayor Max Hall has resigned from the council just three months after being re-elected to represent the area until 2020.
Cr Hall was re-elected at the October election as a councillor, but has said the commitment has come too much and has not been able to represent his community as much as he would like.
“It was a decision I just had to make. I’ve got too much in my life. It came down on my like a tonne of bricks. I run a business and I’ve got 14 people working for me,” he said.
“I do it all on my own, so it was just an impossibility to keep going at it and to give the time that I want to.”
Mr Hall has been with the council for 11 years and served three of those as deputy mayor.
He said he had a number of proud moments.
“I think the last four years under the guidance of Tim Watson the general manager and to be able to save Aminya Rest Home and to give irrigation to the North East in the way it’s going to happen were two of the proudest moments, and to be a part of the Derby bike trial is just enormous,” he said.
Mr Hall wished all of the North East well.
“You can take the boy out of the bush, but you cant take the bush out of the boy,” he said.
Dorset mayor Greg Howard said Mr Hall had been a really good councillor.
“He gets it right nearly all of the time and votes for the better for the North East,” Cr Howard said.
“I’m disappointed that he’s gone, but I fully understand the issue.”
Cr Howard said Mr Hall had discussed resigning with him a few weeks before.
He officially resigned last Thursday.
Cr Howard said it is unknown who his replacement will be, but the Tasmanian Electoral Commission will write to the unsuccessful candidates to see if they were interested in being a part of a recount.
Mervyn Chilcott had a tight battle, but just missed out on being elected. Cr Howard said he was likely to be the favourite.