SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Council President Marcus Williams resigned Tuesday to pursue other career options.

City Council Vice President Jesse Lederman will take over as Council President but it still leaves the Ward 5 seat open. According to the city’s charter, if a city councilor leaves before their term is up it can be filled by the remaining members for the rest of the term. That means a special election would not be called.

Ward 5 has a border marked by State Street, the town of Wilbraham and Watershops Pond. 22News asked the four term City Councilor why he’s leaving before his term is up. He said he felt the timing was right because of several life factors at play.

“I started having a budding acting career prior to becoming a City Councilor. Got the jobs while as a City Councilor and I’m really excited to actually pick that back up again. So maybe you’ll be seeing me on the big screen very soon,” said Williams.

Lederman sent 22News the following statement:

“City Council President Marcus Williams has been a unifying and empowering leader for our council body, and a studious representative for the residents of Ward 5 and the entire City of Springfield. Through perseverance he rose to the occasion to become the right leader at the right time and has notably made good on his promise to put people before politics. He is also a dear friend, and I wish him success in all his future endeavors.

I am wholly prepared, honored, and humbled to assume the duties of the City Council President as prescribed by the Rules & Orders of the City Council. I believe strongly in the institution of the City Council, and take seriously the responsibility that we hold as the closest elected body to the people. I promise to continue working every day, on behalf of every resident, in every neighborhood.”

Councilor Lederman added he plans to fill the seat the same way they did for Ward 1 last year.
and that more details would come out soon

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno responded with the following statement:

“Bitter-sweet to hear about City Council President Marcus William’s resignation to pursue other career opportunities.  I spoke with Marcus this early morning to congratulate him and wish him well – he’ll be missed.  Marcus is a very respectful and talented young man, who brought a decorum to the City Council.  We had a very good working relationship and friendship with regular meetings to discuss what is in the best interest for all in our city.  Chief of Staff Tom Ashe and I saw and met with Marcus this afternoon to again wish him continued success in his future endeavors – especially his acting gig too, hey maybe he could get me a part or two too!”