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Double Oak council member to step down

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The resignation announcement by a Double Oak Town Council member has set in motion a flurry of pending appointments at town hall.

Tracy Scott Miller announced his intention March 18 to step down from his council seat effective April 2 due to relocation. Council is expected to accept Miller’s resignation at this coming Monday’s meeting.

Miller has served on town council for a total of nine years and was re-elected to his current two-year term in 2012.

“I have enjoyed serving the town, it is a great town. I’m proud of what we have accomplished,” said Miller.

With Miller’s pending departure, there will be two vacancies on town council, as the mayor’s seat was left open with the passing of Tom Pidcock last July.

State law dictates that if there are two vacancies at the same time, the town is required to hold a special election to fill the vacancies for the remainder of their unexpired terms.

In order to avoid the expense of a special election, town council is expected to appoint current Mayor Pro Tem and Mayor-Elect Mike Donnelly as mayor at the council meeting this Monday.

Donnelly will fill Mayor Pidcock’s remaining term, which ends on May 11, then take the oath of office for his new two-year term as mayor this May.  Donnelly is running unopposed for the mayor’s seat.

“Mike has and will make a great mayor. I’m excited for him,” said Miller.

Council will then consider appointing John Maynor to fill Donnelly’s open council seat which has one year left in the current term, said Donnelly. 

Maynor had filed to run for council earlier this year, but withdrew from the race to allow Dr. Ara Minassian and Steve Durbin to serve their third and second terms, respectively, this May.

Former Councilman Gary Garrett will be considered by council for appointment to Miller’s vacant council seat at their April 15 meeting, according to Donnelly.

The moves would result in a fully seated town council with no vacancies.

 

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