DISCOVERY BAY -- Community Services Director Ray Tetreault resigned from the board last week, citing health reasons.

Tetreault, 66, said he has been battling cancer since 2008 and is "to the latter of the process."

"It's time to stop. I'm not sure I can do the job properly anymore and need to spend more time with my family," said Tetreault, who was elected to a two-year term in November. "It's been an honor to serve the people of Discovery Bay and work to achieve the town's goals."

In a June 7 resignation letter, Tetreault thanked his colleagues for the honor of serving along side them.

His knowledge of key district issues such as water and sewer services and the budget, along with his civility will be missed, said board member Mark Simon.

"Ray has been the constant on the board. He didn't get involved or caught up in the petty antics of the board. He was very steady and levelheaded," Simon said. "Ray leaves some hard shoes to fill."

Tetreault, who was board president, was first elected to the board in 2000 and served for six years before losing election. Voters once again elected him to the board in 2008.

"I've enjoyed working with all the board members and staff over the years. I'm going to miss it," he said.

His proudest achievement on the board came recently, seeing a long-awaited community center project start to come to fruition.

General Manager Rick Howard said Tetreault was "all in" in working to improving Discovery Bay.

"I appreciate his candid and straightforward approach to the issues. I am honored to have worked with Ray for the past three years and am proud of the many accomplishments that have come about as a result of his commitment to his job. He will be missed," Howard said in an email.

The district board will vet its options for Tetreault's replacement at its June 19 meeting. The board can either appoint a new trustee or hold a special election. If it doesn't chose an option within 60 days, the new board member would be selected by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

His seat would be up for election in November 2014.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.