POMEROY — An otherwise languid Monday meeting of Pomeroy Council concluded with sudden resignations by several public officials.
A tabled proposal for groundhog trapping and paperwork for renewal levies were the most critical topics, until the final minutes when three resignations were submitted in quick succession.
Mayor Bryan Shank presented council with Village Administrator Joe Woodall’s letter of notice for Aug. 5.
The letter stated in part “I need to focus on my full time administrator position with Middleport at this time. It has been very trying to fulfill the duties of both positions. I believe that the Village needs a full time administrator in order for an efficient operation…It has been my pleasure serving the village for the past year.”
Woodall was hired by the village of Pomeroy in early February to serve as the part-time administrator for the village while maintaining his full-time role with Middleport.
As a group, council expressed both understanding and disappointment over Woodall’s departure – pleased with his work since Feb. 6 but acknowledging the toll of dual positions.
“He has really done a lot in a short time here,” emphasized Shank.
Mayor Shank then tendered his own resignation, which read in full “I am submitting my resignation as Mayor of Pomeroy, effective midnight July 21, 2017. Respectfully, Bryan Shank.”
Speaking after the meeting, Shank mostly declined to add to his unornamented notice, though did note the laborious process of again seeking a new village administrator.
The resignation spree culminated with Councilperson Ruth Spaun.
Spaun indicated private reasons for ending her second term, effective immediately.
Council President Donald Anderson will become acting mayor on Friday — Anderson and Shank arranged a handoff meeting for Mayoral responsibilities during the week — while Spaun’s position will be subject to Ohio Revised Code guidelines.
Pomeroy’s Village Administrator position was vacant from the summer of 2016 until Woodall’s hiring in February, but this presented multiple operational difficulties as previously outlined by council.
Michael Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.