Board of Education member Douglas Silver has submitted his letter of resignation to Chair Margaret Stamatis and Town Clerk Wendy Lionetti, effective on Jan. 21.

Silver was first elected to the school board in November 2015 and was re-elected in November 2017.

“Doug has been an invaluable asset on the BOE for four years,” Stamatis said. “He is a thinker who approaches topics with a unique perspective that draws upon his experience as an educator, entrepreneur and consultant.”

Silver said he was leaving because increasing work commitments, but was confident the board would thrive without him.

“I just can’t be at all the meetings,” he said. “This board is in good hands.”

The Board of Education will fill the position, with advice from the Democratic Town Committee. Letters of interest should be sent to chairwoman Margaret Stamatis, Board of Education, 70 Prospect Street, Ridgefield CT. 06877.

Resumes must be in by Jan. 31, Stamatis told the school board Monday night.

As the seat being vacated was elected to a four-year term ending in November 2021, and as Silver is a Democrat, Section 4-7 of Ridgefield’s Town Charter requires that the Board of Education appoint a registered Democrat to fill the seat by Feb. 20 (30 days from date of vacancy).