The Gardner City Council meeting will be one council member short this evening.

Council member Dennis Pugh this morning tendered his resignation effective immediately.

“I wish you and the magnificent city staff all the best,” Pugh wrote in an email to Mayor Dave Drovetta. “Please know that I did not come to this decision lightly, and this is the best course of action for our city to move forward.”

Drovetta wrote in an email that he will be working to identify a candidate to fill Pugh’s seat.

Pugh was one of three council members elected last April.