Within a week, the town of Chesapeake City saw two members of the town Council resign and received the resignation of the Town Administrator.
Councilmen Tom Morris and Harry Sampson decided to leave the Council and town Administrator Sandra Edwards tendered her resignation, announcing she is joining the county’s Office of Economic Development.
Late last year, Mayor Dean Geracimos resigned from office, causing a special election in December to fill that position.
The depletion of town government personnel had the new Mayor and remaining three Council members call for an unusual weekend special session on Saturday afternoon.
Mayor Rich Taylor said the town Charter has a procedure for filling vacancies on the town Council. Town officials will be contacting two candidates from the most recent election to see if they will be willing to fill the vacancies on the town board.
In the June, 2017 election, there were six total candidates. Three were elected to the Council – Frank Vari, Rebecca Mann and Carolyn Blevins. The two who received the next highest total of votes will be called and a certified letter will be sent. These candidates are Trudy Carter and Brian Bluman. They will be asked to give their answer as to whether they accept the position within a few days. On Saturday, the town Council agreed to also contact the other candidate, Bill Staker, to see if he will be willing to serve, just in case one of the former candidates with the higher vote totals declines the request to serve on the Council.
As for the resignation of the town Administrator, the Council voted to install the town’s Project Manager, Rob Bernstine, as interim Administrator by a two to zero vote, with Councilwoman Rebecca Mann abstaining from the vote. Bernstine will start in that position on March 12.
The Mayor and Council agreed to hold a closed session in the near future to discuss the advertising and other details for their search for a new town Administrator.