Former Keyport Mayor Bob McLeod said he resigned for “personal reasons” and that he did not enjoy the job. Having served for 2 years, 2 1/2 months, McLeod told MoreMonmouthMusings that he was thinking of resigning and talking to his friends about doing so for quite some time. His term would have expired at the end of 2014. He had long ago decided not to seek a second term.
“Like many municipalities, there are entrenched fiefdoms who fight change tooth and nail. As a retired judge, I felt the borough should be managed according to the law,” said McLeod, “I’m not talking criminal law, but the procedural manner in which the law says things should be done.”
Now fully retired at the age of 66 (as of next Friday), McLeod intends to spend his time traveling in his RV and writing a memoir of his father’s life. He resigned from all of his municipal legal positions in 2008 and from the bar in 2010. McLeod was the GOP nominee for the House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 6th district in 2008.
Keyport’s GOP committee now has 30 days to submit three candidates to replace McLeod to the borough coucil. The council, which is 4-2 Democratic, chooses the new mayor from those three candidates. The new mayor serves until the results of a special election in November are certified.