TIPTON, Iowa — Even as the Tipton City Council prepared to select a replacement for the council position vacated by David Fry, Mayor Shirley Kepford accepted the resignation of Heath Holub, police chief for the past five years.
In his brief notice of resignation, Holub wrote that he had taken a position elsewhere. It was the third city leader to resign since the November election when a new mayor and two new council members were elected.
A fourth, Lorna Fletcher, finance director/city clerk, submitted her resignation to take advantage of an early retirement opportunity for city employees who qualify for IPERS retirement benefits. She may leave any time within an 18-month period of eligibility. Earlier, Chris Nosbisch, city manager, announced he had taken a position in Mount Vernon starting in January.
Applicants for the council at-large seat vacated by Fry were Tim Malott, who is the county emergency management director; Leanne Boots, who resigned from the first ward seat a year ago when she moved from Tipton briefly; and Christine (Voss) Eicher, who had been deputy clerk in Lisbon. In nominating Leanne Boots, Pam Spear noted that each applicant had worked for government and Tipton could not go wrong with any of them, but she thinks the council needs experience at this point The vote was 3-1 for Boots.
Nosbisch said residents have 14 days to petition for a special election to fill the position.
Before the nomination was made, Larry Hodgden said, "It behooves the council to delay the decision until the new year. You have 40 days to fill the position."
Deb Schwitzer agreed with him, but Mike Boyle disagreed, saying, "A lot of things will be coming before the council." David Tripp also thought there should be a full council to deal with the decisions to be made.
Kepford said she had discussed it with Brian Carney, the incoming mayor, and he had no problem with the position being filled.
As the meeting opened, state Rep. Bobbie Kaufmann, R-Wilton, presented Kepford with a certificate of recognition from the Legislature for her 32 years serving the city, including 24 years on the council and the past eight as Tipton's first female mayor. In those 32 years, she never missed a meeting. In her closing remarks, she said, "I'm leaving with a good feeling that I have done my best for Tipton." She said she served with three mayors and six city managers, and added, "Show your support for the new council and mayor."
In farewell remarks from Dawn Sieck, she thanked her supporters and said she has worked hard as council member for six years.