Father Smith Leaving Council, Kodiak

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Kodiak residents got a bit of a surprise during last night’s regular city council meeting. The council accepted the resignation of one of the council members who is leaving town.

KMXT’s Maggie Wall has details.

(Paul Smith leaves council 3:01 …Contact Debra Marlar SOC")

Kodiak Mayor Carolyn Floyd was the first to mention the departure of City Councilman Paul Smith, who had submitted his letter of resignation from the council. Floyd’s comments came at the end of the meeting under Mayor’s Comments..

Carolyn Floyd and Tom Walters :42

Smith, an Episcopalian minister, has accepted a position as the pastor of a church in Eagle River.

Smith commented first about the new jail and his days working in the police department before mentioning his departure.

Paul Smith :38

Council members, the city clerk and city manager all expressed their thanks for Smith’s work on the council-his quiet manner and thoughtful comments.

The process to replace Smith will begin immediately, with a search for a volunteer within the city limits who will be appointed to fill the open seat until the fall election.

City Clerk Debra Marlar explained that with the council declaring the seat vacant at the end of July, that means the city will begin advertising for a replacement to serve roughly two months– from the end of August to the end of October. By that time the October city election results will be certified and the new voted-into-office council member will assume the seat.

What that will means for Kodiak voters is that in addition to the two regular 3-year-seats on the October municipal ballot, there will also be a one-year-seat to fill the remainder of Smith’s term.

People interested in putting their name in for appointment to the newly opening seat on the council should contact City Clerk Debra Marlar.

I’m Maggie Wall.

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