A Dearing Town Council member resigned his position, and the other members are searching for a replacement. Councilman Kristopher Wells e-mailed a resignation letter to Mayor Sean Kelley and McDuffie County Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler last Friday.
In the letter, Councilman Wells said his family has begun preparations to build a house outside the town limits, and his attention and time would be focused on that project.
"Because of this, I think the only right thing for me to do is resign my position on the council and allow someone else to take my place, someone who plans to make Dearing their permanent home," he said in the letter. "My time on the council has been extremely rewarding. ... I wish you and the council all the best in your continuing endeavors to make Dearing a great place to live."
Mayor Kelley said he immediately conferred with the town's attorney, Bob Knox, Jr., who said a special election is not necessary due to the proximity of the resignation with the election in November.
"I'm extremely disappointed. I would have loved to have seen us all finish this four years out," Mayor Kelley said. "I think we accomplished some good things, and we certainly have some more on the board for this year. It was nice having Kristopher's knowledge of how everything is supposed to work. I always looked to him to keep me straight on this stuff."
With Mr. Wells' resignation effective Dec. 31, council members will appoint a replacement to hold the seat until November. He said he's not looking forward to the task because each of the council members ran unopposed in 2005, and he isn't sure if they can find someone interested in the position.
"I'm going to put it up on eBay and sell that spot," Mayor Kelley joked.
Because Mr. Well's duties included keeping up with the cleanliness of the town, Mayor Kelley said the replacement is going to have some extra work. With the shift in today's society to become a green environment, he said the town is about to focus on educating the local citizens on their recycling program and options. The mayor recently had to fill out a recycling questionnaire from the town's waste removal company to show that Dearing will participate.
"So, whoever gets the spot is going to have a little bit more work than what Kristopher had in the past," he said.