BRANFORD — The Branford Town Council will have to fill an open seat on the council.

Randy Herndon submitted his letter of resignation from the council, effective immediately, on Thursday after he and his wife, Barbara, sold their house and moved to North Carolina.

Herndon said they have long enjoyed their trips to the mountains and family events last year helped spur the decision to leave.

“I have realized that life is fragile and can change in a split second,” Herndon wrote in his letter about losing a first cousin and a daughter-in-law within a seven-week span last year. “We decided it was time for a new adventure while we still have the health and time to do it.”

According to Town Clerk Donna Hardin, the council will likely appoint someone to fill Herndon’s seat until it is up for election again. The vacancy will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Post 4 seat will be on the ballot again in 2021.

Herndon was elected to the seat in 2017 after Shirley Clark retired due to health reasons.

He moved back to Branford in 2016 after previously living in Perry and Tallahassee and didn’t intend to become a council member, but after attending meetings and the seat came open, he changed his mind and won the election.

In addition to the town council, Herndon was also active in the Rotary Club of Branford since returning to town.

“I have enjoyed my time on the Council and sincerely hope that I have contributed to Branford in a positive way,” Herndon added in the letter. “Branford will always be ‘home’ and I look forward to seeing its continued progress.”

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