Both chairmen said McDougall finally did what was best for himself and the two boards. Azarian asked McDougall to resign several months ago, but he refused.
“When he was found guilty, he stepped down like we asked him to do,” Azarian said. “The board can now move forward.”
Frydryck praised McDougall for his dedication serving Salem’s residents. McDougall was often criticized for his proposals to cut town spending.
“I appreciated Pat’s candor and that he put the taxpayers ahead of everyone else,” Frydryck said. “I think he did the right thing.”