Lynne Hermansen
Erik Van Potter, newly appointed council member, announced his immediate resignation from the city council at the Monday, July 18 meeting.
Todd Winters, mayor, read a letter that Van Potter had written.
In the letter Van Potter said he and his wife had unexpectedly had to truncate their time in Gardner because of a business opportunity they had received outside the city.
VanPotter said they considered Gardner their adopted hometown that was friendly and welcoming and that everyone who served had a passion that was “evident” and a sincere desire for the best interests of the city.
“We look forward to watching the growth from a distance,”he said.
Winters thanked VanPotter for his time on the council.
The opening will be published for two weeks in The Gardner News and candidates who went through the last interview process can be considered.
Kacy Deaton, council member, said during council updates she would like to see the interview process conducted in a special meeting separate from a regular meeting to make the process quicker.
Sharon Rose, city clerk, said as long as a 72 hour notice was given for the meeting they could do that.