By Ryan Richardson
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. —
Councilwoman Dee Lynn Davey announced her resignation in a letter submitted Tuesday night to the panel, ending seven years of service to the community.
Davey said she is moving to Houston, Texas, to be near her daughter. She attended the meeting but did not participate in any voting or council business.
“I have enjoyed working with this exciting group of men,” Davey said. “But I want to encourage them to keep involving the women of the community and to ask them to step up into more leadership roles.”
To fill Davey’s vacant seat, the city will place an ad in the newspaper calling on residents of the 4th Ward to apply for the position. Residents living in Country Club Estates and Oscie Ora Acres are eligible to apply.
Eligible residents may send a resume and a letter stating their interest to Mayor Mike Moss. The letter must be received by the city clerk at P.O. Box 447, 303 N. Main St., Carl Junction, MO 64834, no later than noon May 3.
The mayor has scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. May 7. Candidates will be required to attend the meeting.
The candidate who is selected will serve until April 2014.
Davey’s resignation marked the second departure by a council member in recent months. Councilman Ed Reeves resigned in October 2012 after holding his office for six months.
In other business, the council certified results from the April 2 election, and all members took the oath of office. In the only contested race, 2nd Ward Councilman Tim Smith fended off challenger Michael Burns 55-29, securing his first election win. Smith had been appointed to the seat vacated by Reeves.
CONTRARY TO USUAL PRACTICE, no council committee appointments were made Tuesday night. The panel decided to wait until after Dee Lynn Davey’s position is filled to further reorganize in the wake of the April 2 election.