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Sun City Grand Board director resigns unexpectedly

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Sun City Grand Board of Directors, which will welcome three new members in April, has an unexpected fourth opening to fill.

Board President Jim McManus resigned Feb. 22, effective immediately.

Mr. McManus did not return a phone call seeking comment. However, in a letter from Mr. McManus to Sun City Grand residents posted on the community's website, grandinfo.com, he states that his decision is tied to the results of the recent Board elections, concluded Feb. 19, in which the panel's only incumbent was defeated soundly by three newcomers. "The results of the Sun City Grand Board of Directors election make it clear that a large majority of residents do not agree with my assessment of the necessary direction of Sun City Grand," the letter states. It does not elaborate.

Read the full text of the letter here.

Mr. McManus was in the first year of his second 2-year term on the board. He had served as president since 2011. Board members are limited to no more than three consecutive terms but can run again after sitting out at least one term.

Mr. McManus was the leading vote-getter in the community’s 2012 board elections a year ago. On Feb. 19, 2013, however, fellow board member Carmen Vece lost his re-election bid, and Mr. Vece said he believed Mr. McManus’ decision to resign was prompted by Mr. Vece’s loss.

“He feels it was a vote against his administration the way I got beat,” Mr. Vece said. “He felt there is no confidence.”

“I feel bad. Jim is probably the best man who ever had that position,” he said.

Mr. Vece believes his loss Feb. 19 was tied largely to a 6 percent increase in annual homeowner assessments, following three years of 2 percent annual hikes.

It was not immediately clear how Mr. McManus’ vacancy would be filled on the 7-member board. Mr. Vece said he turned down an offer to remain in an appointed post for a year until the 2014 election, when Mr. McManus’ seat would have been up for election.

“The voters spoke, and I do not want to circumvent their decision,” Mr. Vece explained.

Jan Kroesen is the current board vice president. John Such, a former 3-term member who sat out for a term before easily winning a new term a year ago, has served as president previously.

News editor Jeff Grant can be reached at 623-445-2805 or jgrant@newszap.com

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