McGee set to call it quits

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer April 04, 2014 10:52 am

City councilor will attend final council meeting on April 16

La Grande City Councilor Kelly McGee will soon attend her last meeting as a local elected official. She submitted a letter of resignation to the city Monday.

“I have decided to take a job offer outside the area, it is a great opportunity,” the letter says. “It has been an incredible experience serving with you. I have learned so much, which will enrich my life forever.”

McGee has served on the city council since 2008. Because the primary filing deadline has passed, officials are unsure how the vacancy will be filled.

“I’m not sure about the timing in terms of getting the position on the ballot in November,” said City Manager Robert Strope. “We’ll figure that out by the April meeting.”

McGee’s final meeting will be April 16. At that time, Strope said, the staff will lay out options. He noted that there are various provisions for replacing a councilor.

The vacancy could create a problem as the city looks to make a decision on whether it will help fund a downtown grocery store. With only six councilors, a tie vote could be possible.


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