After two years on the job, Town Administrator Ed St. John IV unexpectedly has resigned from his position, effective Friday.

St. John submitted his letter of resignation Thursday night to board Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi, who, in turn, notified the other four board members and municipal department heads.

St. John, a longtime defense attorney, said he no longer could be a part-time town administrator and a full-time lawyer at the same time. “Having two separate careers running parallel wasn’t working, and I don’t want to shortchange either one,” he told The Eagle. “I want to devote as much time to my caseload as possible, and I also want the town to move forward efficiently.”

Francesconi says she was very surprised by St. John’s resignation heading into the final year of his three-year contract.

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