Councilman Matt Czajkowski announced Monday he will leave the Chapel Hill Town Council in March and join efforts to bring clean water to Africa.
His resignation will take effect March 30, the two-term council member said.
Czajkowski and his wife Jill Czajkowski traveled in January to Uganda and Rwanda, where they worked with Jibu, a nonprofit business incubator that supports African entrepreneurs seeking to provide clean, affordable drinking water.
Czajkowski is Jibu’s chief financial officer and will become the company’s country director for Rwanda. The group has offered them the opportunity to work full time in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Czajkowski said.
Jill Czajkowski will handle Jibu’s sales, marketing and franchisee recruitment, she said.
It was not an easy decision, Czajkowski said, but one that had to be made now. He apologized to the town and his supporters for not being able to complete his current term, which expires in December.
Chapel Hill, he said, will remain the family’s home.
“Over the course of 7 years I’ve been on the council, we’ve had the opportunity to get to know so many of the wonderful and extraordinary people in Chapel Hill,” he said. “We will miss all of them but also look forward to seeing them when we return.”