By Ann McCreary
After serving more than eight years and two full terms, Clint Estes has resigned from the Twisp Town Council.
Mayor Soo Ing-Moody informed the council last week that Estes, owner of Quality Lube in Twisp, had submitted his resignation.
“It takes a certain amount of energy,” Estes said this week. “It can be quite consuming … I’d run out of steam.”
Estes served as mayor pro-tem – acting as mayor when the mayor was absent – for most of his two terms on the council. He also served on a number of committees of the council.
His decision to run for the council nine years ago was inspired in part by his father, who also was a council member in the 1960s, Estes said.
“We should all in one form or another serve our community,” Estes said. He said he ran for election to a third term last November because no other candidates had come forward.
Estes joined the council during a period of change for Twisp town government, with the important jobs of mayor, police chief and public works superintendent in transition through resignations and firings.
Dealing with the upheaval in town government was both the most challenging and rewarding aspect of his tenure on the council, Estes said.
“When I came on board eight years ago, we were not in great shape, staffing-wise,” Estes said. Appointing Soo Ing-Moody as mayor and hiring Paul Budrow as police chief and Howard Moss as public works superintendent were important accomplishments of the council, he said.
“The ship is righted and we’re heading in the right direction,” Estes said. “I feel good leaving with staffing in such an awesome place.”
“People may not know of the incredible and stable role he [Estes] played during a very turbulent period of town governance,” said Ing-Moody, who served on the council with Estes before becoming mayor.
“Even through times when being on council meant staying in a locked meeting until midnight, Clint served without complaint and remained on council as he said he would,” Ing-Moody said.
Estes said when he joined the council, he was surprised by the slow pace of progress in town government.
“When you go in as naïve as I was, realizing how slowly the political process turns
has been eye-opening,” Estes said.
“You want to go out and find money to fix things. You need to have someone writing grants constantly and you don’t get them all,” he said. “Something that you want to get done next year is three or four years down the road.”
“It was an honor to have served alongside Clint, both as a fellow council member and as mayor pro tem,” Ing-Moody said this week
“His long service and commitment to our town will be remembered and missed. His many hours of time since 2006 should be recognized by the community as an extraordinary example of his dedicated service and I will miss his presence at the council table.”
The council elected John Fleming to replace Estes as mayor pro-tem. A replacement will be appointed by the council to fill Estes’ seat until the next election in 2015, although the council has not begun the process yet.