Representative Town Meeting member George Underhill, a former town tax collector, will resign Friday from the legislative body as he and his wife prepare to move to Guilford.

Underhill's resignation will become effective Friday, ahead of the RTM's next meeting Tuesday.

"It went by really quickly and I really enjoyed myself," Underhill said. "It's a fun town to live in and a fun town to work for."

Underhill is a two-term RTM member from District 4, which encompasses most of the south-central section of town. He served during the current RTM session on the legislative body's Employee Compensation, Public Protection and Rules committees.

The remaining three District 4 RTM members will interview interested candidates and pick a successor to serve out the remainder of Underhill's two-year term, which runs until November. Underhill's replacement must be another District 4 resident.

Before his election to the RTM in November 2009, Underhill served from 1993 to 2009 as the town's tax collector. He was hired by Republican First Selectman Douglas Wood and then worked in the administrations of the next three first selectmen: Republican Joseph Arcudi, Democrat Diane Farrell and Democrat Gordon Joseloff.

Before he became the town's tax collector, Underhill served 12 years as the treasurer of the Westport Republican Town Committee.

Underhill and his wife, Carol, are moving to Guilford because they are looking to downsize from their Westport home, he said.

"We're looking forward to it," Underhill added. "Guilford is a great town and we'll still be close to the water."

Before his stint as tax collector, Underhill worked as a commercial real estate broker in Fairfield County for 13 years and five years as a product manager at Chase Bank in lower Manhattan. A native of Nashua, N.H., Underhill, his wife and four children moved in 1975 to Westport from Boston, where he had worked for Bank of Boston.; 203-255-4561, ext. 118;