An Unalaska City Council member resigned Tuesday after 14 years in the job. David Gregory says he's leaving town to be closer to his elderly mother in Anchorage.
"It is bittersweet that I have to leave Unalaska, but like I said, family does come first," Gregory said. "I certainly will not be a stranger to Unalaska."
His departure will open a vacancy for Council Seat D after May 25, which will be his last meeting.
Gregory has worked as the Land Manager at Ounalashka Corporation for nearly two decades.
While his fellow members supported his resignation, councilman Thom Bell said everyone at the meeting felt the weight of losing him from the council.
"Since Dave's on the phone, we can tell him there's not a dry eye in the room," Bell said.
During the meeting, former Unalaska mayor Frank Kelty also thanked Gregory for his work.
"He did a great job on the council for many years," Kelty said. "He worked for years on the Unalaska school board, worked in the Lions Club, was my second baseman on the softball team for many years – did a great job there as well. And Dave, it's a big loss in Unalaska. You've been an incredible part of this community for many years."
The city council will accept letters of interest for Seat D until June 4. Those interested are invited to attend the council's meeting the following week, where members will appoint Gregory's replacement.
The new member will serve until Unalaska's municipal election in October, when the seat will be up for grabs.