Buddemeyer resigns from Portsmouth Town Council

He’s relocating to Florida with family

By Jim McGaw
Posted 9/15/21

PORTSMOUTH — Michael Buddemeyer has announced he is resigning his unexpired term on the Town Council.

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Buddemeyer resigns from Portsmouth Town Council

He’s relocating to Florida with family

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PORTSMOUTH — Michael Buddemeyer has announced he is resigning his unexpired term on the Town Council.

In a Sept. 7 letter addressed to Council President Kevin Aguiar, the Democrat wrote:

“It’s with a heavy heart that I regret to inform the council and citizens of Portsmouth that I will be resigning my position on the council, effectively immediately. My work situation has changed as well as a personal event has occurred that has forced me to relocate, with my family, to Florida.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Buddemeyer is regional director of operations for Driftwood Hospitality, located in North Palm Beach, Fla.

His departure leaves a vacancy on the seven-member council, which will consider Mr. Buddemeyer's resignation during its annual meeting on Prudence Island on Saturday, Sept. 18. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the island’s Union Church.

Mr. Buddemeyer has served the town in several capacities since 2006, when he first became a member of the School Committee. He served three terms on the Town Council from 2010 to 2016 before deciding to not seek reelection because his work schedule made it difficult to attend meetings. However, he later said his work situation changed, and he ran and won a seat on the council in 2020.

“It has been an honor and certainly a privilege to serve the town that I love since 2006,” Mr. Buddemeyer stated in his letter. “It has always been my desire to serve the town and its citizen with the greater good in mind. This is the town I was born in, went to school in, raised my family in and it was not a decision I make lightly. It’s a huge decision to relocate my family and sell my house of 55 years, one that took a lot of family sit-downs. I want to stress that this was not an easy decision but one that is best for my family.”

He concluded by thanking his fellow councilors, past and present, for their support and guidance throughout the years, as well as local residents.

“You all have made my service challenging and rewarding. While we didn’t always agree, I knew we had the town’s best interest in mind. Finally, I want to thank the citizens of Portsmouth for your support, your involvement and above all, your passion for the town we all call home. I wish all the best for the town and all of its citizens,” Mr. Buddemeyer stated.

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Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.