Garcia’s resignation followed the Nov. 13 resignation of Ronald Martin, who quit the Board of Registrars to join city’s Licensing Board in an effort to help Lantigua end a similar crisis over membership on that board, which also had been unable to conduct business for months because it had no quorum.
Lantigua’s effort to restore a quorum to the Licensing Board also stumbled several times, when his first four nominees were rejected by the City Council or deemed unqualified by City Attorney Charles Boddy.
Boards of Registrars oversee elections in Massachusetts municipalities, a duty that includes ruling on voter challenges, conducting recounts and certifying results.
State law requires mayors to ask the chairs of the two leading parties in their municipalities for three nominees to the boards, then chose from the three and send the names to their city councils for confirmation.
Earlier this week, Lawrence’s Republican Party chairman, David Camasso, said Lantigua had not contacted him to solicit nominees.
Camasso also is the city comptroller.
Lantigua did not return a phone call yesterday.