Tomberlin resigns from Tupper Lake town board; Quinn sworn in

TUPPER LAKE – Councilman David Tomberlin has resigned midway through his first term, and his seat has already been filled.

The town board has appointed Democrat John Quinn to take his place until the November election.

In a letter to the town board dated June 21, Tomberlin wrote that the demands of expanding his business, the Well Dressed Food Company, are too much for him to maintain his position. The board accepted Tomberlin’s resignation in a hastily assembled meeting on July 2.

Tomberlin is scouting out a location for a new Well-Dressed Food retail store in North Conway, N.H.

“I’m going to be spending Sunday through Wednesday out of state, so I’m not going to be there Mondays for board meetings, and that’s not fair to the town,” Tomberlin said. “We’re looking to expand and grow our business, so that’s where I need to focus.”

Town Supervisor Roger Amell said Tomberlin will be missed, and credited him with fine tuning Tupper Lake’s website.

“David will be very well missed,” Amell said. “He was talented with computers, and was one of the main people who developed our (Live, Work, Play) signage.”

During Monday’s board meeting, Quinn was unanimously chosen to take Tomberlin’s place until the November elections. Quinn was sworn in at the town hall on Tuesday.

“I’ve been retired for about three years now,” Quinn told the Enterprise after being sworn in. “I have a lot of energy to devote to supporting the community, and I want to be part of the team to move it forward and make Tupper Lake a better place to live.”

Quinn worked for the Adirondack Park Agency for more than 30 years and was on the school board for two years. He said he stayed neutral regarding the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort project while working for the APA, but now he is optimistic it will come through.

“Overall, I support the project because I think it will help the community,” Quinn said. “There are always some parts I don’t know enough about. I kept completely uninvolved during my career at the Park Agency. I’ve never involved myself with local issues to avoid any kind of impropriety or conflicts of interest.”

Quinn said he sees merit in both sides of the Adirondack rail-trail debate. He said a unit management plan update is long overdue.

“It’s supposed to be a dynamic document, or plan, that’s supposed to be revisited every five years,” Quinn said. “I think, because of other matters in front of the APA and DOT (state Department of Transportation), it hasn’t progressed in a timely fashion.”

Now that he has accepted the position, Quinn said that working with the town board on creating jobs and developing incentives to keep young people from leaving the area are two of his top priorities.

“This just seems like a natural progression to serving the community,” Quinn said. He also pointed out that his father, Patrick Quinn, was town supervisor for 16 years. Patrick Quinn became involved in local politics in the 1960s and left office in 1985.

“I’ve got big shoes to fill,” Quinn said. “I guess it’s in my blood.”