As of Wednesday, February 7, 2018
MONMOUTH — Monmouth City Councilor Tom Steinke submitted his resignation from the council on Jan. 30, effective immediately.
According to his resignation letter sent to Mayor Steve Milligan and forwarded to City Manager Scott McClure and City Clerk Phyllis Bolman, Steinke’s decision to resign was based on medical issues.
“Twelve hours ago I was looking forward to rejoining the council as it sat with the rest of the budget committee to begin a new round of budget considerations,” he wrote in his letter. “I regret that in the hours since, it has become clear to me that my medical issues will continue to be an issue that will prevent me from being able to dependably and reliably perform my duties on the Monmouth City Council.”
Steinke was elected in November 2016 by a narrow five votes over candidate Steve Deptula to fill his term, which ends on Jan. 30, 2018.
In his letter of resignation, he recommends appointing Deptula to the position, calling him, “a tremendously bright and capable man who showed his great abilities as he led the budget committee to a resolution of all issues last year.”
Deptula said he was honored that Steinke would think of him.
“I think he did a wonderful job,” Deptula said of Steinke. “I’m sad to see him go and a little disappointed because I feel like I’m not quite up to fulfilling that role yet.”
Deptula said he has personal plans he wants to focus on in coming months, and isn’t sure he has the time to commit to the council right now. He said he does plans on continuing on the Monmouth Budget Committee.
“I really appreciate the work he did on the council,” Deptula said of Steinke. “We had a close election race, and I have no complaints that he won by a couple of votes.”
The council discussed how to replace Steinke at Tuesday’s city council meeting, after press time.
McClure said there isn’t a fixed policy for filling an empty council seat.
“In this case, I think it will be, ‘how do you want to do the appointment process; how do you want to approach it?’” McClure said prior to the council discussion.
In years past, councils have decided to open it up similar to a job opening — accept applications, conduct interviews and make an appointment.
Whoever fills the seat will have to run for re-election in November if he or she decides he or she wants to continue on the council beyond 2018.