By Monica Jerkins

PARIS — Paris Board of Selectmen Chairman Robert Wessels, citing conflicting time commitments, announced that he was resigning his position as chairman of the board effective immediately after the meeting Monday night.

Vice Chairman Michael Risica will take over Wessels role as chairman, and Wessels will continue as a selectman for the remainder of his term.

Wessels’ resignation as chair came on the heels of Bernard’s resignation, which the board formally accepted Monday as well.

During the motion to accept Bernard’s resignation, Selectman Samuel Elliot suggested to amend the motion to include the words “with regret” – however, his amendment failed by a 3 to 2 vote.

The board outlined an initial plan to begin the search for a new town manager, which includes appointing an interim manager until the board can find suitable candidates.

Bernard’s last day will be Dec. 23.

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