Montgomery Township Committeeman Thom Carter resigned tonight after serving two years of his three-year term.
A Republican, the 33-year-old Carter has been working for Major League Baseball in Australia since mid-June in what was to be a three-month assignment.
Officials inside MLB and the Australian Baseball League subsequently asked Carter to make the move permanent.
In a letter read by the Montgomery Township Clerk at tonight’s committee meeting, Carter explained that after the organization kept pushing back his departure date officials asked him to “make the move to Australia permanent, serving to grow the game of baseball throughout the Australia-Oceania region.”
Carter said that after consulting his family, “I have decided that I cannot pass up this opportunity.”
Carter was elected in 2009 in his first ever run for office.
Before his victory, Democrats had majority control of the Committee for 10 years. Carter’s victory created a Republican majority and led to the election of Mark Caliguire as mayor.
“I appreciate the faith that the people of the Township put in me when I was elected two years ago,” the committeeman wrote in his letter. “I love this town, it is where I went to High School, and I will always consider Montgomery home. I am proud of our accomplishments as a Township Committee, especially the creation of Skillman Park.”