But he said he had served the town well and was proud of his service. McDougall ran unsuccessfully for the state House in the Republican primary this fall.
He said his decision to step down now was not due to the judge’s ruling, rather because “it’s the right thing to do.”
“I will always appreciate the opportunity the people of Salem gave me,” he said. “I hope people appreciate I tried to do what’s right with regard to the community when I was on those elected boards.”
He thanked the people who stood behind him and said he hoped others would give him the opportunity to prove himself in the community.
“I feel that I’ve done a lot of good things in the community,” he said.
McDougall said he was in Derry yesterday, giving a ride to someone who needed one. He said one of his “proudest moments” was helping the Demers family get permission for a temporary mobile home on their property after their basement was contaminated by fuel oil.
A frequent critic of public safety spending, McDougall stood by his fiscally conservative positions.
“I tried to put forward the most fiscally prudent budget people could consider,” he said. “I wouldn’t take back a moment of it.”
He also repeatedly said he might have been “harsh” with EMT’s and police that night. But, he said, he only wanted to save the cost of an ambulance ride, not to deprive his wife of medical attention.
“I love my wife dearly, but she had medical issues that weren’t an extreme emergency to rush with an ambulance,” he said. “I was just trying to reasonably say, ‘Let me care for my own wife.’ It was not to prevent her from going, but to care for her myself.”