Wilde Lake village board member Vincent Marando announced his departure from the board at its Sept. 7 meeting, according to village officials.
"It came as a complete surprise," said village board Chairman Bill Santos.
Marando said he looked at his leaving the board as a second retirement, his first coming about 10 years ago when he retired from teaching at the University of Maryland.
"It's time, really, to move on," he said. "I'm going on to some other projects that I have, and interests I've been working with along with the village board."
The 73-year-old said one of his projects is writing a book.
Marando, who lives in Bryant Woods, had served for 10 of the past 14 years for either the Wilde Lake village board or as its representative to the Columbia Council, according to Kristen Shulder, the village manager.
"Vince has been a long-serving member and has a lot of institutional knowledge that will be sorely missed," Santos said. "He was central to a lot of key discussions throughout Columbia, and Wilde Lake in specific."
The board will be left with four members until a replacement for Marando is appointed. The village will advertise for the open position, after which the board will interview candidates and then choose a replacement by late October or early November, Santos said.