Atlantic County Freeholder Board Chairman Frank Formica resigned Friday after 11 years in office.
Formica’s resignation comes one day after the deadline to run a special election to replace him.
That allows Republicans to avoid a control election this fall. The GOP has a 6-3 majority on the freeholder board.
Two at-large seats are up for this year – one Republican and one Democrat – and one Democratic district seat.
Atlantic County Republicans will need to hold a special election convention before October 16 to fill the remaining fourteen months of Formica’s term.
Formica’s resignation is effective today, according to a letter sent to the County’s freeholder board.
“It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Atlantic County since elected in 2009,” Formica said in the letter. “We have worked very hard as a board and met many unexpected challenges. My goal has always been to meet the expectation of the citizens of Atlantic County by continually improving the quality of life for each of our residents.”
The reasons behind Formica’s resignation were not immediately clear.
Several officials suggested that Formica has been seeking the post as executive director of the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority.
Formica, joined the consulting firm Salmon Ventures as an associate in July.
In 2019, he sought the Republican nod to run for Assembly in the second legislative district but eventually dropped out of the race.
“It has been both a pleasure and honor to serve on the Board with individuals who work diligently everyday for the residents we represent,” Formica said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served.”
This story was updated at 6:06 PM.