For the first time in more than 20 years, a Wellington councilman is resigning mid-term.
Halfway through his four-year commitment, councilman Jeff Hyde has decided to resign at the end of this year. His term was scheduled to expire in December 2017.
Hyde recently informed his fellow council members and mayor Barbra O’Keefe via email that his last day will come this December. He’s decided to sell his home and move to Amherst to be closer to his four children.
In an email to the Enterprise, Hyde said he’s been wanting to move for quite some time.
“It has been a great experience serving Wellington,” he said. “This will always be home but I need these next years to be closer to my kids.”
Hyde has served the village for a decade and many are sad to see him go. Council president Guy Wells is among those individuals.
“Jeff has to do what is best for himself and his family and it will be a real loss to the village,” he said.
O’Keefe shared the same sentiments and said Hyde was a real asset to the council and community.
The village adopted a new charter in 201o and this December will be the first time its guidelines are used to fill a council vacancy.
According to the charter, a notice of the vacancy must be published requesting those interested to apply. The same notice will be published for two consecutive weeks.
The open position can be filled by a majority vote from the remaining council members after at least 30 days from the time the first notice is published.
Wells said this is the first time someone has resigned mid-term since O’Keefe first became mayor in 1993.
Hyde declined to be formally interviewed by the Enterprise and became belligerent at Monday’s village council meeting when we asked O’Keefe and Wells for comment.
He would only comment through email, saying he hopes new, fresh candidates step forward to keep Wellington a great place to call home.
Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.
Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Councilman Jeff Hyde has decided to resign from council and move to Amherst to be closer to his children.