Miller resigns city council seat
Mayor Tom Pyle promised quick action in filling an open seat of the Eudora City Council.
Kevin Miller announced his resignation in a letter delivered Monday morning to Pyle. The mayor opened the city council meeting that evening with the announcement.
"I am writing this letter to let you know that I have made a personal decision," Miller wrote. "I will be resigning from the Eudora City Council effective immediately. Please do not try to reach me in regards to this decision."
Pyle said his goal was to fill the position at the Nov. 13 council meeting.
"I will be taking people's names who are interested in running," Pyle said. "Maybe two weeks after next meeting I will make an appointment with the approval of the council."
After he was elected mayor, Pyle appointed Miller in May 2005 to filled his unexpired council term.
When Miller delivered the letter, he thanked Pyle for the opportunity but said it just didn't work out, Pyle said.
"I thanked him and told him I appreciated the work he did for the city," Pyle said.
Pyle said applications for the seat were already piling up.
"I've already had three or four people contact me saying they would be interested in the position," he said.
Pyle said he would use different criteria in making the selection this time around, Pyle said. He chose Miller because he was a lifelong resident with strong connections to the Eudora Township.
"It seemed like a good fix for that," Pyle said.
Pyle said he wanted to interview at least four people before making a recommendation to the council.
One thing he was looking for was someone interested in using the appointment as a springboard to running for the council next spring, Pyle said. He would also look out for council chemistry.
"I'd like to get someone I can work with and I think I can do right for the city of Eudora," Pyle said.
In the past, people have suggested the council needs representation from Eudora's newer residents, Pyle said.
Another consideration would be access, Pyle said. He would like to find someone who was regular hours and a job in Eudora.
"It's important to get somebody who has a Monday through Friday with an 8-to-5 job," Pyle said.
The mayor said he was encouraged by the attitude of the early applicants.
"There's people who want to serve and to me that's a good thing," Pyle said.