Halfway through his term, Brian Crandall is calling it quits.
Crandall, a retired Sandusky firefighter, will resign from the Sandusky City Commission by June 1 for business and family reasons.
Crandall did not return multiple calls over two days seeking comment on his resignation.
"I'm kind of surprised that he's jumping ship, for lack of a better word," commissioner Dave Waddington said.
"I'm very surprised, but I wish him the best," commissioner Dan Kaman said.
Crandall, a Sandusky native, was one of three commissioners elected from a pool of nine candidates in the 2005 election. He was the third-highest vote-getter behind current commission president Dennis Murray Jr. and vice president Craig Stahl. That same year, Crandall retired on medical disability after more than 20 years with the Sandusky Fire Department. He was president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 327 for five years.
Following his election in November 2005, Crandall said, "I am going to be working for the people, and I know what the people want."
He told a Lorain County newspaper that if he had known in 2005 what he knows now, he wouldn't have run for the commission.
City manager Matt Kline said Tuesday he was aware Crandall was considering purchasing a house in Huron, but could not confirm if Crandall bought the house.
There is a "for sale" sign in the front yard of Crandall's Garfield Street home. He told the Lorain County newspaper he plans to pursue family and business opportunities in Huron Township.
Stahl said he heard rumors Crandall will soon be getting married, and that may be why he's planning to move.
"If those rumors are correct, I wish him well," Stahl said. "He and I have had long discussions that family comes first."
"I wish him well in his new endeavors," Commissioner Brett Fuqua said. "He has definitely kept things interesting on the commission."
In the spring of 2007, Crandall lobbied for a public vote on the Marina District project, although other commissioners felt it was a decision the commission should make. The issue went to the ballot in November and was approved with 51.8 percent of voters supporting the project.
On Feb. 28, Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse said she believed her job was in jeopardy because of an unauthorized investigation by Crandall. She also said she was unfairly interrogated by Crandall at a meeting she described as an inquisition Feb. 26 at the Sandusky fire station.
Nuesse, who has been on paid administrative leave since March 10, said she was "angry at the injustice of a commissioner going off on a witch hunt."
Despite many efforts to contact him, Crandall would not return calls seeking comment on the situation involving Nuesse.
"Sometimes I have been accused of being negative, but just because I have a different opinion doesn't mean I am negative," Crandall said during his 2005 campaign.
According to the city charter, the open commission seat would usually go to the next highest vote-getter in the most recent election. However, after local businessman Carl Wolf withdrew from the race last fall there were only four candidates running for the four open commission seats. Since there is no clear replacement for Crandall, the remaining commissioners will appoint a new commissioner by a majority vote.
Murray said it is something the commission will have to discuss, but he would like to open it up to the public and see who would like to throw their hats into the ring.
"We'll release it to the local paper as soon as we know what's going on," Stahl said.