SHEFFIELD -- Selectman Ted Dobson stepped down from the Board of Selectmen on Monday, citing a lack of time to fulfill his responsibilities.
The Board of Selectmen received and announced Dobson's letter of resignation during Monday's meeting. Dobson, who did not attend the meeting, was elected in May. His term isn't scheduled to expire until May 30, 2016.
"In my capacity as selectman, I quickly came to realize that the interests of the whole town were paramount and superseded my own predilections," Dobson wrote in the one-page letter. "Likewise, working with my dedicated fellow selectmen, town officials and employees, I've realized I don't possess the time required to do this job properly, with the commitment that our town deserves."
A special election has been scheduled for February 24 with nomination papers required to be pulled by Jan. 3, 2014. Candidates must turn in their paperwork by Jan. 7.
Dobson, the owner of Equinox Farms, was elected on a platform of opposing the controversial construction of a proposed Dollar General. He defeated incumbent David Smith Jr.
In the last month, he suffered some public backlash after being quoted in the Berkshire Record. Following a recent special election vote against funding a legal appeal against the proposed Dollar General, he described the majority vote as a "juvenile decision" and "shocking."
Since being quoted, Dobson has publicly stated the comment was delivered emotionally following a heated vote. He said the quote was taken out of context, and he meant to say he merely supports funding the action of public boards who work on behalf of citizens.
Referencing the town's dispute with Dollar General, Dobson in his resignation letter stated it has been a "tough time for our town."
"I threw my hat into the ring because I wanted to defend my town and protect it's future," Dobson said.
He said serving as selectman was a "tremendous learning experience" and expressed his thanks to the town..
"With the utmost respect for my neighbors, fellow citizens and all those who voted for me and supported me, I wish to express my sorrow for ending my tenure as selectman and my gratitude for having had this opportunity to serve."