As an update to the ANC5B corruption and misappropriation of funds debacle, it seems that William Shelton, former Chair of the ANC5B and the prime suspect in the missing money issue, has resigned as a commissioner. Shelton recently stepped down as Chair after the story broke about the missing funds. (note: there have been no formal charges in this case to date.)
This is probably the first “good” thing that has come out of the ANC over the last several years towards being a legitimate, public serving organization. The positive step forward for an organization that has far too much controversy and lacks respect from the community. Lets hope that the other Commissioners are aware that residents are frustrated and not happy with their commissioners and that Mr. Shelton’s resignation is a clear signal to self-reflect if they, too, are what is best for our community. It is actually commendable for Mr. Shelton to step aside with so much controversy going on with this particular ANC. Perhaps other politicians should take note of Mr Shelton’s positive move that scandal is a cloud that makes you ineffective and for the better of the residents, stepping down is only best option.
See his resignation letter below:
Effective Thursday, August 30, 2011, I, William C. Shelton resign as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 5B01. Representing and serving the constituents of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 5B01 for the past ten years has been enjoyable, insightful, and gratifying. My fellow neighbors from Saratoga Avenue, Montana Avenue, Douglas Street, Evarts Street, 18th Street, and Franklin Street have worked hard with me to accomplish many goals and objectives. Although I am resigning as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, I will continue to live and work hard to insure ANC 5B01 remains a beacon of Ward 5. I look forward to my continued service to residents of ANC 5B01, Ward 5, and the District of Columbia.
William C. Shelton