Mitchell resigns from ES council

Friday, July 20, 2018

After serving on the Eureka Springs City Council for more than five years, David Mitchell is stepping down.

Mitchell announced in an email at 5:19 p.m. Monday, July 16, that he will be resigning from the Position 2, Ward 1 seat on the council. The email was sent to Mayor Butch Berry, alderman Bob Thomas, alderwoman Kristi Kendrick, alderwoman Melissa Greene, alderwoman Mickey Schneider, alderman Terry McClung, mayor’s assistant Kim Stryker, finance director Lonnie Clark and Eureka Springs Independent reporter Nicky Boyette. Carroll County News obtained a copy of the email after being notified by one of the recipients.

“The attached letter is the total of the issue and stands as submitted,” Mitchell said in the email. “I am sure some will try and make this more that [sic] it is but it is not.”

Mitchell hopes his resignation will allow the council a chance to appoint a replacement for his position, he said, for the rest of the calendar year. That person will then have time to consider running for his position in the fall, Mitchell said.

“Opening up my position will allow the public to monitor a candidate for the city council for the next two-year term and apply common sense to their selection,” Mitchell said. “It has been an honor to serve in this capacity for these 5.5 years and I wish you will [sic] in your next term.”

Mitchell said he has served for three terms unopposed and didn’t plan to run again this year. The reason for that, Mitchell said, is he believes in term limits.

“I have discussed recently with you the desire to resign and thus allow a potential candidate for my position to be able to with council approval sit out the remainder of this term,” Mitchell said.

Berry said Tuesday he’s not sure if the council will name a replacement for Mitchell. It’s up to the council, Berry said, to name a replacement or wait until the election takes place in November.

“It’s possible they won’t name anyone, because we’re so close to elections,” Berry said. “They may decide to hold off until the election or hold off until after the primaries to see if there’s more than one person going to apply for that position.”

Berry continued, “If there is more than one, it may not be fair to nominate someone. It’s up to the council to make a decision on what they want to do.”

Berry thanked Mitchell for his service to the city.

“I hate to see David resign. He’s contributed a lot to the city and to the city council,” Mitchell said. “I’ve always respected what David has done and the questions he’s asked, and he’ll be missed.”

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