By Frank Lewis
If you have been a citizen of the village of New Boston for at least a year and you would like to serve on village council, here is your chance. New Boston Village Council is accepting applications from citizens wishing to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Junior Williams, who was sworn in Monday morning as the village’s 20th mayor.
“The first thing I would like to do is to let you have my resignation,” Williams said at Tuesday’s Village Council meeting.
“I move to accept your resignation from council,” Councilman Jon Mills responded.
When Councilman Dan Fetty was polled in the vote he offered a mixed emotion response – “Do we have much choice?”
After Williams’ resignation was accepted, council announced they will receive applications through 4 p.m. on July 17.
“That would be this Friday and if we get them by then they can be in our packets and we can review them at the next meeting,” Mills said. “They can drop their letter and/or resume’ off at the New Boston Community Building.”
Williams was pressed into service as mayor when longtime Mayor Jim Warren passed away following an extended illness last week. It is not a new role for Williams who has been serving as acting mayor since Warren became ill several months ago. Williams had served as mayor before when Warren was ill.
Williams’ unexpired term runs through the remainder of the year. There will be four council seats open in the November election and, barring anyone filing as a write-in candidate, the four people on the ballot will be elected. Three are incumbents – Mike Payton, Dan Fetty and Mills, while the fourth candidate on the ballot is Johnnie Steele. With no write-in opposition, the four will be elected to new terms to begin in January of 2016.
The Scioto County Board of Elections said anyone wishing to be a write-in candidate for either a council position or mayor has until 4 p.m. Aug. 24 to file. If there is no write-in candidate for mayor, Williams will begin his first full-term in January of 2016.
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