Dover City Councilman William P. McGlumphy will not seek reelection this spring after 10 years representing the 2nd District.

Dover City Councilman William P. McGlumphy will not seek reelection this spring after 10 years representing the 2nd District.

McGlumphy’s decision came after recent reelection bid announcements by Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr., Councilwoman Sophia R. Russell (Fourth District), Councilman David L. Bonar (Third District) and Holly Malone, who is a challenger in the First District race. McGlumphy announced his decision on Friday.

“I am looking forward to spending more time pursuing personal interests, traveling with my wife, and visiting with my friends and relatives,” he said.

McGlumphy is known as one of council’s budget hawks and has pushed recently for the city to make tough decisions with regard to a looming $3.4 million deficit projected for the 2013 fiscal year, scheduled to begin July 1.

To that end, McGlumphy led the charge on council to reduce future Medicare Part B payments to city employees – an effort to essentially not keep pace with the rapid inflation of such payments. City Manager Scott Koenig recommended the measure during the Sept. 26 committee meeting as a way to save some money for the city. But the measure failed when Dover City Council reached a 4-4 deadlock Oct. 10 on the matter in front of vocal crowd of Dover employees.

This past fall, McGlumphy refused to place a request to hire three additional police officers as chairman of the Legislative, Finance and Administration Committee. But Councilman Sean M. Lynn (Third District) and Councilman David Anderson (Fourth District) did an end run around that parliamentary procedure and asked Council President Thomas Leary to put the vote before the full council at its Nov. 28 meeting. They did so with the help of Councilwoman Sophia Russell (Fourth District) and Councilman David Bonar (Third District).

Dover City Council voted 6-3 to table the measure until its Jan. 10 meeting; council ultimately voted 7-2 to authorize the hiring of two police officers in response to concern about rising violence and a half dozen murders in 2011.

His politic setbacks notwithstanding, McGlumphy said he did not feel like the odd man. It was simply time to leave, he said.

“I have always expressed my opinions on council issues, especially fiscal issues that I believed had a negative impact on the citizens that I represented,” he said. “I felt that Council should cut spending, quit deferring capital projects and hold the line on salary increases during difficult economic times.”

McGlumphy also felt it was time to examine the organizational structure of the city and reduce expenditures without harming services to residents.

“Sometimes, when you are in a period of economic decline, you have to adjust how you work to achieve your goals in an effective, efficient manner,” he said. “This often poses difficulty for municipal governments whose culture is based on excessive spending habits with the safety net of the public's purse. If you don't have to live within your means, why would you?”

At any rate, McGlumphy is most proud of being afforded the opportunity to represent the Second District and the citizens of Dover for 10 years. He thanked all of those citizens who supported him over the years as well as the business community. Without their support, it would have been extremely difficult, McGlumphy said.

“I also want to express my gratitude to all of my colleagues with whom I had the good fortune to serve with on Council,” he added. “I want to thank them for their service and willingness to get involved.

“In reality, I feel more like a woodpecker – time to move to a different tree.”