Harrisville council member Knighton resigns

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner Staff

HARRISVILLE — A city council member has resigned, creating a vacancy for which residents can apply until the close of business on Thursday, March 6.

“It is with great regret that I tender my resignation,” Paula Knighton said in her Feb. 12 letter to Mayor Bruce Richins, citing “escalating circumstances at home.”

“I find that I am no longer able to provide the time and effort necessary to fulfill the requirements of a council member in a manner that the city deserves,” Knighton said.

Voters elected Knighton to the city council in November 2011, but her face was familiar at City Hall. She’d served Harrisville as a planning commission member for more than two decades.

City Recorder Jennie Knight said that individuals interested in the vacant council seat can apply in person at city offices, 363 W. Independence Blvd., Harrisvile. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

City council members will interview and consider applicants at their March 11 meeting that starts at 7 p.m.

The new member will likely be selected that night, Knight said.

To be considered, applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of the city for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of appointment, registered voters, and willing to serve through Dec. 31, 2015.

Contact reporter Cathy McKitrick at 801-625-4214 or cmckitrick@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @catmck.

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