By Joyell Nevins
WEST MILTON — West Milton Councilman Ora Ashley has unexpectedly resigned from council, as announced by the village on Friday. He had served on council since January 2012.
Ashley stated it was for personal reasons and that he remains friends with many city employees.
“He was an important voice on our council,” Mayor Michael Coate II said. “We will miss him and would like to thank him for his service to the people of West Milton.”
Vice Mayor Jason Tinnerman added, “Ora brought solid knowledge about our infrastructure, especially when it comes to sewer issues.”
Municipal Manager Matt Kline noted at six council members, the council still has quorum and will be able to make decisions.
According to the village charter, council has to fill the position between 10-120 days after the vacancy is published in writing. They appoint a person through majority vote to fill the remainder of the term, in this case until November 2015.
Kline noted that interested parties should turn in a letter of interest and a brief resume to the municipal office at 701 S. Miami St. Council members must be residents of West Milton for at least one year and not hold another incompatible federal, state, county or municipal position.
The first review of applicants will be conducted at the June 24 council workshop.