In an unexpected twist, Post 4 Roswell City Councilman Peter Vanstrom, who has served on council since January of last year, has decided to step down.
He tendered his resignation to Mayor Kurt Wilson last week, an action that was accepted by the Mayor the following day.
“Peter Vanstrom has served the citizens of Roswell with great distinction. I have tremendous respect for his contributions to the City, the Council, and all that has been accomplished during his tenure. He will be missed,” Wilson said.
According to an email Vanstrom sent to fellow City Council Members earlier today, his departure arises from personal challenges that will increasingly demand his time. “I have experienced mounting personal challenges that will greatly limit the time that I will have available to devote to the high demands of serving with this Mayor and Council moving forward,” said Vanstrom. Adding that his wish is to step down without causing additional expenses to the taxpayers of Roswell.
Vanstrom’s resignation comes at a somewhat convenient time. Because it has occurred within 90 days of the regular city election slated for November 7, 2023, his post can be filled during that election, thus avoiding any extra cost for Roswell taxpayers.
Vanstrom is not the only city councilman leaving council. Mike Palermo announced last week that he will not be seeking reelection to city council. Palermo will serve out the remainder of his term.