KENT -- Selectman Tod Jones shocked fellow Democrats on Sunday when he abruptly left town, emailing the party that he would never return.
"I received a two-sentence email from him Sunday afternoon," said Kent First Selectman Bruce Adams, a Democrat. "It said, `I'm leaving Connecticut. I will not be back.' "
Worried about his fellow selectman, Adams went to Jones' house.
"His wife (Lisa) didn't seem to be concerned," said Adams, who said he arrived at the house some two hours after receiving the email.
"She said (Tod) took the car, some belongings and the dog and left," Adams said.
Contacted by The News-Times on Tuesday evening, Lisa Jones declined comment.
Jones' departure leaves the Kent Board of Selectmen functioning with just two members -- Adams and Republican Susi Williams. Jones did not tender a resignation from his position, which means Adams cannot appoint anyone to fill the vacated seat.
Once an official resignation is received from Jones, the selectmen have 30 days to fill the position, Adams said. But for now, he said, their "hands are tied."
Jones, who was serving his first term on the Board of Selectmen, also was chairman of the Kent Democratic Town Committee. He attended the selectmen's meeting May 1 and was present at the town budget meeting Friday night.
Jones was slated to be one of the town's delegates to the Democratic Convention in Litchfield on Monday night. Town committee vice chairman Athenaid Dallett declined to comment Tuesday on Jones' departure.
Jones lost his job with Valley Marble & Slate in New Milford two years ago, Adams said, and had been working with his wife, Lisa, in her housecleaning business.
The couple had expanded their customer base over the past two years, he said.