Loud Accepts Out-of-state Job, Exits Seat on Wilmington Board
WILMINGTON -- After nearly two years on the Board of Selectmen, Ed Loud announced he would be stepping away from his role during Monday night’s meeting. Loud’s last day on the board will be Feb. 11.
Loud said he was offered a job in Baltimore he couldn’t refuse.
“I still plan to be a Wilmington resident and a Wilmington voter and I expect to be at Town Meeting,” Loud said Monday night. “Technically, I could still serve as a selectman, but personally, I don’t think it’s the right to hold onto that seat without being accessible to the residents all week long.”
Loud said for the first several months of work, he will be in Baltimore at least 90 percent of the time.
“I’ll be getting used to the territory, getting used to the people getting used to the job,” Loud said. “The more I become comfortable with it, the more I’ll be home here in Wilmington.”
Loud has been in the generator sales business since 1992 and most recently worked remotely from home. He begins his new position on Feb. 18 as a rental and used equipment manager. Loud said he was reached out with a job offer back in October.
“You will be missed by the board, that’s for sure,” Board of Selectman Chair Kevin Caira said during Monday night’s meeting.
Loud served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 14 years, and was elected to the Board of Selectmen in 2017.
“It is an emotional decision and it’s been a great few years,” Loud said of his time as a selectman.
Loud said he wants to save his reflections of his time on the board for the Feb. 11 Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
“I just need to thank the people of Wilmington,” he said. “They’ve been phenomenal.”
Loud’s seat must be filled by election. Town bylaws require that election to fill the seat from 65 to 90 days after the resignation, a period that would include the regular town election on April 27. If selectmen choose that date, a race for a one-year term on the board would be added to the ballot.
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