Milton City Councilwoman Heather Hathaway abruptly resigns Tuesday night
Milton City Councilwoman Heather Hathaway abruptly resigned at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, saying she had sold her house in Ward 1 and no longer lived in the appropriate city district.
Hathaway, who was first appointed to the seat in November 2017 after Ashley Lay resigned for family reasons, informed the council of her resignation at the start of the meeting.
“I was going to let everyone know that we actually closed on our house this past Friday, and I was actually going to announce it tonight since it was the next council meeting," she said. "But I will be resigning from my seat. We are temporarily staying with my in-laws until we find another house, wherever that might be, so I guess I technically am no longer living in the city. So I will be resigning from my seat.”
In 2018, Hathaway was elected to stay in the seat she had been appointed to fill the previous year. Her current term was set to expire in December 2022.
The City Council now has 60 days to fill Hathaway's seat, which they will do by voting to appoint someone. The council will accept applications from people who have lived in Ward 1 for at least one full year, and will make a decision about who to appoint to Hathaway's seat by Nov. 7.
Hathaway indicated Tuesday night that she had initially intended to stay in her seat since her living situation with her in-laws was only temporary, but ultimately decided to resign.
"We literally weren’t expecting everything to move as fast as it did. Thankfully it did, but this all kind of happened so fast," she said. "I was under the impression from the city attorney and the city manger that (though) temporarily staying with my in-laws, we actually, possibly, could find a house in Ward 1, but I guess technically we are not living in the city at this time, so it was in the best interest for me to go ahead and resign.”
Hathaway left at the beginning of the meeting, after her resignation and before official city business began, but not before receiving praise from the rest of the council.
“We appreciate your service, Councilwoman Hathaway. I’ve enjoyed getting to work with you both as city attorney and as the mayor," said Mayor Heather Lindsay. "I remember when you first submitted your application to be considered, and it has been a pleasure to work with you.”
"From a staff perspective, Councilwoman Hathaway has been exemplary," added City Manager Randy Jorgenson. "We appreciate the leadership she’s shown us and the involvement she’s had in the activities that we undertake each day. I would like the council, at your next council meeting, to formally recognize her for her service.”
Hathaway did not return the News Journal's request for comment Wednesday.
The next city council meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Milton City Hall.
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