Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mike Beury resigns; council seat open

Mike Beury (left) is shown here with former councillor Jim Smith at the Route 441 bypass preview in November of last year.

Michael L. Beury's resignation from Columbia Borough Council was announced at last night's council meeting. Beury said he is resigning because he and his wife are moving out of Columbia. Residency within the borough is a requirement for holding a council seat. The resignation is effective at the end of this month. 

Beury, who recently stepped down as council president, was a councillor for over 10 years. He also served on the civil service commission for 20 years.

Mayor Leo Lutz expressed his thanks to Beury on behalf of the borough. Lutz called Beury an active council person who helped make the community better.

Beury's resignation creates a vacancy on council.  Applicants for the position should submit a letter of interest to Borough Manager Greg Sahd by April 8. Candidates will be interviewed publicly at April's council meeting, and one will potentially be chosen that evening.  In the case of no applicants or no candidate chosen, council will have 30 days from March 31 to locate and choose a candidate. If a candidate has not been chosen by the deadline, a vacancy board will take over the process.

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