By BEN MITCHELL
Although there was plenty of room to add it, Clinton Bryan's resignation was not on the thin list of agenda items for last week's special meeting of the Bingen City Council.
In what Bingen Mayor Betty Barnes called "surprising," Bryan announced his intent to resign the council, effective after its last regular meeting of the month on Jan. 15.
Bryan, who has served on the city council for close to four years, said his resignation stemmed from a desire to dedicate more time to the Bingen Fire Department. In addition to working at NAPA Auto Parts in Bingen, Bryan is a firefighter with the BFD and explained he wanted to attend Fire Protection District No. 3 trainings, which are held on Tuesday nights -- the same night as city council meetings.
"It's time to move on," Bryan told The Enterprise
on Friday. "It's time to do something different."
Bryan's formal letter of resignation exhibited the same kind of direct, no-nonsense approach he often took towards resolving business items at city council meetings.
"His letter just said, 'I quit. -- Clinton Bryan,'" Brending said.
Bryan was first selected to serve on the Bingen City Council on Feb. 3, 2009, following the departure of Timothy Hearn, who resigned his council position in December 2008 with two years remaining in his four-year term. Bryan was then able to keep his Position No. 2 seat after running unopposed in the Nov. 2011 General Election.
The resignation of Bryan means the city council now has an open seat that needs to be filled. The city of Bingen is currently accepting letters of interest and r‚sum‚s for the open position until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. To be eligible, applicants must be registered voters of the city of Bingen and have lived in the city for at least a year. (Check out the legal notices in this edition of The Enterprise for more information.)
Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the city council during its Feb. 5 meeting and Barnes said a decision could be made as soon as that evening. Whomever is selected will serve at least until the results of the November General Election are certified. An election to decide who will complete the remainder of Bryan's term -- which ends Dec. 31, 2015 -- will be on the ballot in November.
Barnes said she hopes that whomever the council selects to fill Bryan's shoes will "plan to be dedicated, attend meetings, vote their conscience, and vote for the best interests of the city and the community."