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Councilman resigns as wife is hired

 


Brad Parrish has resigned his position on Electric City’s council.

Parrish submitted his resignation after he learned that his wife had been selected as deputy clerk.

The council meets next Feb. 14, and is expected to accept Parrish’s resignation at that time.

Parrish is midway through his second term and would have been up for re-election in 2019.

City officials stated that Parrish decided to resign after his wife, Diana, was hired as deputy clerk. She begins work at city hall Jan. 27.

Parrish has been the mainstay on the council in support of the city’s Pathway and Revitalization project in which the city is heavily immersed.

Parrish said Monday that he still planned to champion the Pathway project, but now as a private citizen.

Parrish submitted his resignation in an effort to eliminate any apparent “conflict of interest” now that his wife is a city employee and will become involved in the Pathway project in one manner or other.

The way the city has handled council resignations in the past is to advertise the vacancy, requesting letters of interest from residents who think they would like to serve on the council.

City Clerk Jackie Perman said the new councilmember would have to run for re-election this fall.

Perman said a replacement might not be named until March.

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