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Thurman officials submit resignations

The June 29 town board meeting - that included angry, accusatory discussion over how a youth recreation director's job position was handled - was apparently the last straw for Pitkin, who had been considering stepping down for weeks.

For months, he'd been involved in skirmishes between the board and the officials of the Thurman Emergency Squad, which the town supports, contending the agency should have prudent financial management, accurate bookkeeping and not build up an excess surplus in their treasury.

The town government has been withholding their annual payment of $33,000 to the squad pending receipt of a comprehensive, accurate financial statement.

The squad recently informed the town board they'd hired an attorney to represent them in settling the dispute. In response, the town board decided to have their own legal representation to negotiate their positions. Pitkin said spending such money on lawyers was a waste of taxpayers' cash.

The discord and stress from these and other incidents prompted Pitkin's resignation, he said Monday.

"I don't see taking back my resignation," he said. "This has to do with the ongoing town issues - I'm tired of fighting insane battles over little crazy things."

Pitkin said he was tired of witnessing false accusations and back-stabbing in local politics, and he didn't want to join the fray.

"Too many people like to instigate things and speak in half-truths," he said.

Maintaining his integrity, he said, was most important at this point.

"I'm a better man than a politician," he said.

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