As of Tuesday, August 12, 2014
GRANGEVILLE – Appointment of a new Grangeville city councilor is pending, following last week’s resignation announcement by Brian Lorentz.
The three-term city councilor announced his resignation at the Aug. 4 meeting, due to his relocation to a new home outside city limits, which will make him ineligible to serve on the council.
At this point, the mayor will present an appointment recommendation to the council for its approval, which according to city clerk Tonya Kennedy could take place at next Monday’s regular council meeting, Aug. 18. The appointee would fill the remainder of Lorentz’s term through 2015, at which point next year he or she may run for election that November to retain the seat.
In his Aug. 4 resignation letter, Lorentz complimented present and past council members he served with, singling out Mayor Bruce Walker and Councilor Wes Lester “who have dedicated an amazing amount of time and effort to the city and their constituents,” as well as praised department heads – city clerk Tonya Kennedy, public works director Jeff McFrederick, Police Chief Morgan Drew – and city attorney Adam Green.
Lorentz was appointed to the seven-member council Dec. 6, 2004, was subsequently elected to the seat in 2005, and he won re-election in 2007 and 2011.