Franklin Council Member James Marshall Believes He Will Resign Before End of Term

| January 8, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Franklin Councilman James Marshall believes health issues may prevent him from finishing his term in office, which ends at the end of the year.

“I really don’t intend to finish my current term,” Marshall, who said in December he wasn’t going to run for re-election, told his fellow council members at the end of Monday’s monthly council meeting. “I am going to go month-by-month. I will give you a month’s notice. I won’t just come in at the end of a meeting and say ‘that’s it.’”

Marshall said Monday started his 29th year on city council.

“I want to thank the people of District 2 for electing me seven times,” Marshall said. “They first elected me in 1989. I appreciate their faith in me. I am not running again. Health issues prevent me from doing what I can do.”

Marshall, who showed everyone at the meeting that he is on portable oxygen, said he believes there are certain things a council member should do.

“They should frequent the district,” Marshall said. “When my health allowed it, I would go around District 2 the Saturday before the meeting.”

Marshall also said he believes a council member should be involved in city parades.

“Mayor Baker, you know I haven’t been able to do that in the last couple of years,” Marshall said.

Marshall also said council members should be involved in city-sponsored events.

“Since I can’t breathe that well, that hasn’t happened,” Marshall said. “That bothers me. I am a people person. I like to be very involved.”

Marshall quipped that him not being on council when the time comes will make some people very happy, but he also took the time to thank four people who were very influential in his time at the city, starting first as a city employee and later on council.

“There are four people I owe a debt of gratitude for the over 50 years I have spent with the city,” Marshall said. “Former mayor, Bob Heller, who I met in 1957. I owe a lot to him. Bill Gabrys, who I have known since 1952, he was the former City Manager, and Cheryl Carson, the former finance director. Also Robert D. Cardy, the former police chief, who I met in 1967. These people had an impact on me.”

Marshall said he knows not everyone always has agreed with him, but that he loves Franklin.

“I care about the city and the people who live in the city,” Marshall said. “Even those I don’t represent.”

Marshall said he always wanted to continue being on council until he couldn’t.

“I like being here,” Marshall said.

Marshall also made a point to praise current Mayor Doug Baker.

“I think the mayor is a fine person,” Marshall said. “We don’t always agree, but he cares about the city. He does the best job I have seen of a mayor in my time in office.”


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