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Cave Creek Council accepts Councilman Lipsky’s resignation


Tara Alatorre

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously accepted the resignation of Councilman Mark Lipsky this Monday, following his sudden resignation he announced publically immediately after the renewal of the town manager’s contract during the last town council meeting on April 4.

With virtually no discussion or comment on the topic, the Cave Creek Town Council swiftly accepted Lipsky’s resignation in a five to zero vote, in accordance to the town law. Councilwoman Susan Clancy and Lipsky were both absent for the vote and meeting.    

There was no public comment authorized for the agenda item associated with the town council’s acceptance of Lipsky’s resignation. Town Manager Peter Jankowski was present during the meeting, and did not speak out about the topic, despite Lipsky publically accusing him of being a burden on the town and staff when he announced his resignation.

“It’s his choice,” said Vice Mayor Steve LaMar before voting to accept Lipsky’s resignation during Monday’s meeting, which became the only words uttered by the council pertaining to this topic.

The Foothills Focus reached out to Lipsky last week following his resignation, and he has not returned our multiple emails or commented on his resignation since his announcement. However, it appears his resignation was motivated by the council’s approval to renew Jankowski’s one-year contract, based on comments he made at the meeting on April 4.

“Based on that vote [Jankowski’s contract renewal] I will resign my seat, this is an outrageous vote, and represents an incredible disservice to the town!” Lipsky said during the last town council meeting after a 4-3 vote to renew Jankowski’s contract. “I will give you a couple of weeks to replace me, and be available to you during that period of time, but this is an outrageous vote!”

Cave Creek Town Councilmembers and town staff had no comment about Lipsky’s resignation as this article’s press time.

Mayor Vincent Francia announced that they would be accepting applicants to fill the empty spot until the town’s general elections this August. If anyone is interested in filling the vacancy on the council, information packets are available at the Cave Creek Town Hall.