Strasburg mayor resigns

Ron Thomas

Strasburg Mayor Ron Thomas has resigned, citing conflicts with another member of the village board. A special meeting is scheduled for Monday to choose a village president.

"Basically, it boiled down to one board member that I didn't get along with," Thomas said, declining to elaborate.

But he called the conflict the main reason for his resignation, which took effect Oct. 15.

Thomas became the mayor in May 2017.

"I enjoyed being mayor, and I think we got a lot of stuff taken care, even with the conflict," Thomas said.

Linda Oakley, the administrative clerk and treasurer of the village of Strasburg, said the position as temporary village president will go to one of the current board members.

"If none of the board members will take it, then they will elect someone from the community," she said. "I think one of the board members will step up, but I don't know for sure."

Oakley said the trustee's position will remain open until May. The election for the seat is in April.

"They will keep their vote as a trustee, but they don't get another vote as mayor," she said. "Instead of six trustees and one village president, we would have six, with one acting as village president."

Thomas does not plan to attend Monday's meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at village hall.

Kennedy Nolen can be reached by phone at 217-774-2161 ext. 1 or by email at kennedy.nolen@shelbyvilledailyunion.com.

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