By Pilar Martin
SEDGWICK—In yet another blow to the Sedgwick government, Mayor Rodney Eggleston resigned at a special City Council meeting Thursday night.
“In light of recent events and questionable past practices of a select few council members as well as the general direction this council is heading, I cannot in good conscience hold the position of mayor any longer,” Eggleston said. “With that being said, I have submitted my resignation to the city clerk effectively immediately.”
Eggleston then walked off of the council platform and said, “you made this mess, you can clean it up,” which drew applause from the packed council chambers. Lynne Vigil, Council President, quickly took her place in the Mayor's seat. Vigil will as serve as mayor going forward.
Before Eggleston resigned, he announced the reinstatement of Tom Richardson as part time Fire Chief. Richardson resigned his post as Sedgwick's Emergency Services Director on Monday, Sept. 19. A new EMS Director has been hired and will begin Oct. 17. Richardson will man the fire department, while Mary Conrady manages the EMS side.
Former City Administrator Jaci Reimer, who was not at the meeting, will be allowed to continue her post with the Harvey County Economic Development Committee. Eggleston made a recommendation to allow Reimer to serve as a city representative on the EDC. “I have received several letters of recommendation on Reimer's behalf to remain at her post on the EDC,” Eggleston said.
Council went into Executive Session to discuss Reimer's severance package but came out with no action taken.
The City of Sedgwick is now without a City Administrator, has an acting Mayor, and only four council members.