Three months earlier than expected, Wellington councilman Jeff Hyde announced his resignation Monday night.
Hyde’s initial plan was to finish out this year before making his move to Amherst to be closer to his family, but he wants to give council time to find a replacement.
“I listed my home for sale and while the transaction is not closed or completed it looks like it will close late October or early November,” he wrote in a statement subbmitted to the Enterprise.
Hyde has served the village for a decade and said he will miss the residents but is extremely excited to be closer to his four children. His term wasn’t scheduled to expire until December 2017.
Council president Guy Wells and Mayor Barbara O’Keefe were both saddened when Hyde first informed council of his plans to resign last month. They both considered him an asset to the community.
Concilman Hans Schneider grew up with Hyde, is his neighbor on Greenview Court, and has even campaigned with him in previous elections.
“He got into it for the right reasons,” Schneider said. “He wanted to serve the community. He had no hidden agenda.”
Council will now turn to provisions of the village charter adopted in 2010 to fill the vacancy.
According to the charter, a notice of the vacancy must be published requesting those interested to apply. The notice will be published for two consecutive weeks.
The open position can be filled by a majority vote from the remaining council members 30 days after the first notice was published.
This is the first time someone has resigned mid-term since 1993 when O’Keefe first became mayor.
“It is my hope that some good people with business sense and people skills and patience step forward to represent the village to keep things in good shape,” Hyde wrote. “We need people who can build consensus and work amicably as a group. The council is a body of six representatives not just one.”
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Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
Councilman Jeff Hyde sits in his chamber seat for the last time Monday night after announcing his resignation, which was effective immediately.