A surprise resignation was tendered by American Numismatic Association board member Brian Fanton effective April 1.
?That one came out of nowhere,? said ANA President William H. Horton Jr. April 11.
Fanton also declined to accept his nomination for re-election to the board in this year?s election, reducing the field from 17 board candidates to 16.
Fanton cited the need to tend to family matters as the reason for his resignation.
Filling the vacancy created by Fanton?s departure will occur at the next regularly scheduled board meeting. Right now that would be in August in conjunction with the World?s Fair of Money in Milwaukee, Wis. However, ANA Executive Director Christopher Cipoletti said that a board meeting may be called May 30 in conjunction with the Long Beach, Calif., Coin Stamp and Collectibles Expo.
?In all likelihood we?re going to have a board meeting before Milwaukee,? Cipoletti said. He cited the vacancy and the complaint against Gov. Don Kagin as reasons to hold a meeting sooner.
Horton said that Adna Wilde Jr., ANA parliamentarian, advised that the board has the option of accepting, rejecting or tabling the resignation when it meets. If it chooses to accept and to fill the unexpired term, the person to occupy the seat would be Michael S. Turrini, who was the next-highest vote getter in the 2005 election. Should the board seat Turrini for the remainder of Fanton?s term, it would last until the swearing in of the new board at the annual convention banquet Aug. 11.
Fanton read his official resignation statement to Numismatic News and would not comment further.