West Lakeland Township Board Chairman Dan Kyllo has announced his resignation, ending a tenure in office that lasted more than 17 years.
Kyllo made the announcement at Monday’s township board meeting, citing the need to spend more time with his ailing father.
“I just have a lot of things on my plate at this time,” Kyllo said in his announcement. “I’ve served 17-and-a-half years. I would have never lasted this long unless I enjoyed it.”
In March, Kyllo held off a challenge from township resident Nathan Aamot. The elections centered around opposing viewpoints on plans to retrofit a municipal water system into the township through settlement money obtained from 3M Co. to deal with perfluorochemicals found in drinking water in Washington County.
The group Citizens Opposed to Municipal Water alleged in a lawsuit last year that the West Lakeland supervisors secretly endorsed the municipal water system to serve about half of the township residents and provide water to land owned by the Prairie Island Community. The township has denied all allegations.
Marian Appelt, a fellow supervisor on the town board, said the issue was a factor in Kyllo’s departure.
“I think the stress of the last couple years has really added to him deciding that it’s time to step down and do something different,” Appelt said.
Appelt said that the board plans to appoint an interim chairman. During his announcement, Kyllo said that he wishes for the board to appoint his replacement by Nov. 14.
The appointee would have the option to officially run for election in March. Kyllo’s former position and Appelt’s position will both be on the ballot.
Kyllo is a retired healthcare professional and has served on the board since 2005. He and wife, Jennifer, have four children; they have lived in the township since 2002.