Seligman mayor resigns from post for health reasons

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

City's aldermen to appoint replacement to finish term

Seligman Mayor Jerry Montgomery, who has served in his role for a total of five years, officially retired from his post on Sept. 14.

Montgomery told Seligman aldermen he was stepping down due to health issues.

"We will be sad to see him go," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "If he saw a problem, he was ready to dig in and fix whatever was needed to be done. It's something different here every day at city hall, kind of a challenge, and I think he liked that as well.

"His health has been progressively worse and he finally decided to hang his hat. But, he was still coming around and wanting to be active and do his part. He announced his resignation at the meeting, but once he signs the papers, it's official."

Once official, Nichols said aldermen will start looking for someone to appoint to his position until April, when Montgomery's term ends.

"He's one year into his two-year term, so we'll have to find someone to be the mayor for this upcoming April to the following April," Nichols said. "After that point, we'll elect someone for a two-year term."

Nichols said anyone who is interested in filling the post must meet the standard qualifications, must be a voting member of Barry County and a resident of Seligman. Interested candidates are advised to come to a city council meeting to address the aldermen of their intentions. The next meeting is slated for Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

"We'll start looking for a one-year mayor in December," Nichols said.

Candidate filling opens up mid-December to mid-January for anyone wanting to apply for the remaining one-year term. If they apply, Nichols said, their name will go on the official ballot to take the position between April 2016-April 2017. Then, in April 2017, there will be another election for the two-year term.

In the meantime, Alderman Bob Hughes is serving as mayor pro-tem.

"He will carry both roles at the meetings," Nichols said.

There will also be two aldermen positions coming open.

"We'll have two alderman positions this coming April," Nichols said. "They serve for one year, but have staggered terms, meaning there will be an alderman position each year."

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