Richards leaves post with city

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer September 25, 2013 09:39 am

ELGIN — Elgin City Recorder/Administrator Terrie Richards resigned Monday.

In a letter read aloud by Mayor Brent Linville at the end of a council special session, Richards wrote that Monday is her last day.

“I apologize for the short notice,” the letter says. “However, my resignation is due to a critical health issue in my family.”

Richards, who was not in attendance at the meeting, said in the letter that she has grown to love Elgin and its people.

The Elgin City Council will hold another special session at 7 p.m. today at City Hall to discuss the procedure for filling the administrator position, which is an elected position.

The Elgin City Council also appointed Michelle Miles to fill a vacancy on the council at the Monday meeting. She was sworn in immediately.

Miles, who answered questions from councilors at last week’s regular session, served on the city’s budget committee this year. She will join Councilor Chris Boylen on the Administration Committee.

“There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be taken care of, and I just hope I can help move all of that forward,” Miles said. One issue that she said she would like to address is the city’s ordinances.

Miles said she was surprised to be appointed.

“I really thought it was going to be a tie vote,” she said.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the council will also accept Richards’ resignation.

“Everybody was so shocked that we didn’t vote to accept the resignation,” Miles said.

City Attorney Wyatt Baum said the city charter allows the council to appoint a new recorder/administrator with the “majority of the entire membership of the council.”

He said the charter does not include a time frame on when that should happen.

“Best practice is going to be to get that done as quickly as possible,” Baum said.

At Monday’s meeting, the council also discussed the city’s complaint form and changed language to be able to return complaints that contain offensive language. The complaint form will also include that complainants should receive a stamped copy of the complaint. The final version of the form is expected to be presented at the next regular meeting.

The council also agreed Monday to forward a new animal control contract to the city attorney. Councilor Dick Miller said the contract is the same as the one that has been used with updated dates.

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