Mayor David Dolowitz said Thursday he is resigning to disassociate himself from what he says is the conflict of interest of Gary Davis, Planning and Zoning Commission chairman and construction contractor.

"I feel when (Davis) accepted to be one of the contractors for a developer in this town he developed a conflict of interest," Dolowitz said in a telephone interview. "I feel the town is being very foolish in this."Davis has been on the commission for about three years, and was appointed chairman last year. Another commission member is a contractor and a third member is the wife of a contractor, Dolowitz said.

Davis has promised not to participate in any of the panel's business that could present a conflict.

But Dolowitz maintains the conflict is inherent in holding the government position at the same time Davis is a contractor in a position to bid on town contracts.

"The zoning commissioner determines how big houses are, how many there are and where they should be put. That means he's controlling a good deal of other developers' work," Dolowitz said.

The 76-year-old mayor, who was elected to the post in 1986 following the death of former Mayor Andrew Jones, walked off the job at a Wednesday council meeting.

Council members are asking Dolowitz to reconsider, but he said that is unlikely.