STALLINGS – Deborah Romanow told colleagues on the Stallings Town Council on Aug. 12 that she will resign from the board upon the sale of her home.
Romanow has served as District 6 representative on the council since 2013. Prior to that, she served on the Stallings Planning Board for 12 years.
“I often told family and friends that this is my fun job because it brought me so much satisfaction and happiness,” she told the council.
Outside of politics, Romanow has served more than 30 years as a teacher. She taught at Hemby Bridge Elementary in 2018-19, serving on the school improvement team.
Romanow gave some parting advice to her colleagues.
“I want you to carry on as we have done to date,” she said. “Fight the good fight when necessary and compromise when you can. Don’t ever violate your conscious or your morals. I take with me many happy memories that include lots of hours of hard work to make the town of Stallings a better and great place to live.”
Prior to her remarks, a couple of people questioned her ethics during the public comment portion of the meeting.
One resident said he was disappointed Romanow had not resigned from the board due to her residency status.
Romanow acknowledged her husband has been living in Greenville since the end of April, but she is still living in Stallings through the closing of her home.
“I don’t think it’s a criminal offense to go to Greenville and spend time with my grandson and to go away on vacation and other situations like that,” Romanow said. “It is summer.”
She invited the resident to visit her Stallings home, noting it was a wreck from packing.
Mayor Pro Tempore David Scholl, who was running the meeting in Mayor Wyatt Dunn’s place, told the speaker that Romanow is still a resident of the town and can serve on the council until she moves.
Someone else called Romanow out for suggesting a meeting with a developer at a restaurant. Romanov responded that she lives ethically and if she eats or drinks anything in such meetings that she pays for herself.