Ellis City Council member resigning

Hays Post News

ELLIS— Ellis mayor Lyle Johnston plans to accept the resignation of council member John Leiker during tonight’s Ellis City Council meeting.

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“John has expressed interest in the open street maintenance position we have within the Public Works Department,” Johnston explained this morning.

“After consulting with our city attorney Olavee Raub, he was advised it’s inappropriate for him to be on the council while applying to be a city employee.  So John has decided to resign his council position,” said Johnston.

There are only three Ellis City Council meetings remaining before the April 1 primary election.

“Six people are running for the three open seats,” Johnston said.  “My plan is to appoint the person with the fourth highest number of votes to the vacant seat.”

Candidates on the April Ellis city council election ballot are Ron Johnson, John LaShell, Gary Luea, David McDaniel, Brian Raub and John Walz (incumbent).

Terms are for two years; Leiker has one year remaining in his term.

  • Chris

    Is it really that inappropriate? What if he does not get the job? He can abstain from votes that directly effect his job.