(Gillette, Wyo.) Its official, Kevin McGrath no longer has a seat on the Gillette City Council following his resignation, which was formally accepted by the city council during a special meeting last night.
Specific information regarding the filling of the now vacant position on the city council for Ward 1 was not given, as the council has not had the opportunity to discuss the matter as of last night.
Mayor Louise Carter-King assured those present at the special meeting, that the City of Gillette would release such information soon. She further said she expects applications for the position to be flooding in “fairly soon” and that the council would be able to make their decision by the end of the year.
“We will get those specific dates and everything out to the press and to the public within the next couple of days,” Carter-King stated.
Applicants should be made aware that, should they be accepted by the council, their terms would begin in January and would run the duration of the year.
“Whoever applies, they would have to run again next November,” Carter-King said.
Former Councilman Kevin McGrath resigned his seat on the Gillette City Council with the announcement being made on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
McGrath released a statement where he attributed his resignation to “personal reasons” and his need to travel extensively in the near future.
“I will not be able to serve those that elected me. I believe it is in the best interests of my constituents in Ward 1 to have a representative that can devote the necessary time and energy,” McGrath had said in the statement.
According to Geno Palazzari, communications manager with the City of Gillette, McGrath’s resignation marks the fifth such resignation since 2008.
With McGrath’s seat now vacant, only six council members, including the mayor, remain to vote during the city council meetings, which means a simple majority vote for city ordinances can still pass. However, any 50/50 vote will now fail until the vacant seat is filled.