Pitcher resigns from Farmington City Council

He says he will be moving out of Farmington

Tim Pitcher
Tim Pitcher

As of Thursday, March 9, the Farmington City Council is down one member after Tim Pitcher, a council member since 2014, submitted his resignation.

After an unsuccessful 2016 State Senate run, Pitcher wrote in his resignation letter to the city that he has decided to return to the private sector from which he retired in 2013.

“I have been given the unique opportunity to save and improve lives in the private sector, in which I am moving out of Farmington to perform,” he wrote in his letter that was released by the city.

Pitcher had also been serving on the Economic Development Authority.

His City Council term would have ended Dec. 31, 2018.

He said in his letter that he thanks the other council members for their service as well as being given the opportunity to serve the wonderful residents of Farmington.

Pitcher did not return a message seeking comment.

He was elected to the Farmington City Council in 2014.

Pitcher was defeated in the 2016 Senate District 58 race when he lost to former Lakeville Mayor Matt Little by 387 votes.

He won the Republican Party’s endorsement in the race over three other convention candidates — Lakeville’s Mike Freundschuh and Mark Priore as well as Farmington School Board Member Melissa Sauser.

Pitcher ran for the seat vacated by Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, who held the seat since 2010, and relocated to North Carolina for a job promotion.

Pitcher volunteered for Thompson during his 2014 bid for governor.

Pitcher retired from a 32-year career in engineering in 2013.

He wrote in a 2014 questionnaire to the newspaper that worked in implantable medical device and military defense engineering, specializing in developing implantable pacemakers and defibrillators, where I have saved and improved countless lives worldwide.

The Farmington City Council will meet on March 20 for its next regular meeting. The council may determine how it will fill the vacancy at that time.