Village trustee Jeff Boudreau has resigned from the Village Board effective Aug. 31 after five years in the position.

He told the Observer in an email he is leaving to pursue an MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“It has truly been an honor to serve the residents of the Village of Oregon,” he wrote. “A little more than five years ago, I ran on the promise to preserve the past and prepare the future of the village.”

The board has to consider how to fill the vacant seat. It could either leave the seat vacant until next year’s election or it could seek applications from interested people who would then go through an interview process with the existing board members.

No action was taken, as the board agreed it wanted time to consider the next steps. Last year, a vacancy in August yielded seven applicants, and the board selected Randy Glysch.

Boudreau was not at Monday’s meeting, but he told the Observer he might consider running again after he graduates in 2022.

Boudreau, a bank manager in McFarland, has been an outspoken critic of the Village Board’s decision to provide $6 million to the library project, which was projected to cost about $10 million. He said he appreciated being part of community infrastructure investment and a resurgence in the restoration of historic buildings, including the Tin Man project, TIF redistricting and the private and public partnerships that led to the new youth center and food pantry.

“This is just the beginning of infrastructure improvements that will deliver both a new library and a new senior center over the next two to five years,” he wrote. “I look forward to our village welcoming a new board member and to seeing how that person’s vision shapes the villages growth going forward.

“We wish him all the best and are happy for him to be doing that,” village president Jeanne Carpenter said during the Monday night board meeting.

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