Amli resigns from Frisco council
FRISCO – Councilmember David Amli resigned Wednesday because he is leaving town for a number of months to help his family through some health issues in Kettering, Ohio, north of Cincinnati.
“It was kind of touch and go,” Amli said. “My sister was in an intensive care unit for several weeks. She’s my only sibling, and she was the only one to look after my folks who are getting on in their years.”
Amli has served as a council member for almost four years. Initially, the council appointed him to a vacancy, for which he served two years, and he was elected in April 2002 for a four-year term.
The council is now seeking applicants to serve the remaining two years of Amli’s term.
According to Amli, his sister’s health problems became serious around Thanksgiving, close to the time Mayor Bob Moscatelli and Councilmember Tom Connolly resigned.
“That wasn’t my time to leave,” Amli said.
Amli’s decision to hold off on his resignation saved the town from having to coordinate a special election, which is required when three or more council members step down at the same time.
Amli’s move to Ohio is just temporary; he expects to return in June if all goes well.
“I just want to get everybody back on track,” he said. “After 45 days in the hospital, they still weren’t really sure what was wrong with (my sister). They did about a million dollars worth of tests, and, eventually they took out her pericardium. She’s making some good improvements.”
Town officials are sad to see Amli go.
“We thank Councilmember Amli for his dedication and commitment to serving Frisco,” town manager Theresa Casey said. “The enormous amount of time and effort that he gave to the town is very much appreciated. His new hometown will be lucky.”
Amli said that he has not ruled out the possibility of running for a council position in the future.
“I had a really great experience with some very interesting, talented people. There are some neat things in the future for Frisco in terms of services and recreation,” he said.
Amli owned a medical practice in Frisco for eight years, where he worked as an acupuncturist, chiropractor and independent medical examiner, before going into “semi-retirement” in May 2003.
At recent council meetings, he was one of the most outspoken members in favor of the town’s imminent smoking ban.
“Being in health care, it’s only natural to be against smoking,” Amli said. “It doesn’t go along with getting people well or better. I could go on and on and on about it.”
The town is seeking applicants for the vacant seat. The term expires in April 2006.
Candidates must be registered to vote in the town of Frisco and have resided in the town for at least one year.
Candidate packets are available at Frisco’s town hall from town clerk Jo-Anne Tyson. Letters of interest must be returned to the town clerk by 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.
The council will conduct interviews on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Candidates who interviewed for vacancies in December must reapply in order to be considered.
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