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DeKalb's Fourth Ward Alderman set to resign early; Monday's council meeting could be last

DeKALB ­Ward 4 Alderman Patrick Fagan will not be completing his term, which expires in April 2020, and is set to be moving out of his ward, planning for Monday as his last council meeting.

Fagan said Sunday his early exit is “the worst kept secret.” He and his family are moving out of his home in the 4th ward to a home in the 3rd ward.

“The house is for sale and it hasn’t closed yet,” Fagan said. “But the way it looks like, Monday could be my last meeting if things go the way they’re supposed to.”

He said he has not yet sent in a letter of resignation to Mayor Jerry Smith, but has made the council, city staff and the mayor aware that Monday may be his last council meeting.

Fagan said when he ran for alderman, he did not anticipate moving before his term was up, but says all except one of his children have moved out of the family home.

“We’re just downsizing,” Fagan said. “I’m still working full time, so I’m not changing anything on that. It’s just an opportunity, one of those things.”

Fagan said he’s learned a lot since he was elected in April of 2017, the same year as Smith, who’s term will also be up in 2020.

“I don’t have political aspirations,” Fagan said. “I learned a lot. A lot of people ask me ‘Are you having fun yet?’ But this isn’t fun.”

Mayor Jerry Smith did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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