Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos announced his intention to resign from office more than a month ago.
He had been prepared to stay in office until the end of December to give the town officials time to set up an election. Last month, two on the Town Council worried that a new election could not be set until his resignation was official. Geracimos offered to resign sooner. The town’s attorney said he felt the Mayor could wait until just before the polls opened to make his resignation final.
This week, the Town Council voted to accept the Mayor’s resignation, effective at noon on December 4, the day of the special election when the polls will open at 1 p.m.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, long-time town resident Sandy McHugh said that she wished the Mayor would stay in office.
“I just don’t like the idea of a good mayor being pushed out,” McHugh said.
Geracimos said that he just felt it would be better for the town to have a new mayor since the direction of the Council seems to be heading in a new direction, adding that he will address issues in a statement he will be preparing.
McHugh also complained about getting an anonymous letter on her front porch with information that she discovered was false. She said she wants this type of misinformation to stop.
The Mayor said people should go to the town hall whenever they hear things that are troubling so they can find the facts.
“Everything is public information,” he said, noting that some people in town enjoy playing games.