A third member of a local city council has resigned, this time right before a council meeting.
Linda Newton, of Vader, stated she intended to resign just before last night’s Vader City Council meeting and purportedly explained to Mayor Ken Smith her reasons for leaving, but did not express them publicly. An official letter of resignation is expected to be submitted to City Hall this morning, according to Newton’s statements as she left the council chambers.
A former Sewer/Water Commissioner for the community of Skamokawa, Newton had been appointed last March to fill a vacancy left when former council member Lois Wilson resigned due to health reasons. While Newton successfully ran unopposed to keep her position in November, she has expressed frustrations with recent policy decisions, including an increase to sewer rates passed in December, though she did not express if such issues contributed to her resignation.
Newton is the second council member in Vader to step down in recent weeks after Janet Charlton resigned Jan. 31, also for undisclosed reasons. Resident Justin Olson was appointed by the remaining council members last night to fill Charlton’s seat and his term will end after a new council member is chosen during the November General Election.
A third local official had also resigned recently in Winlock when former council member Denise Green tendered her resignation on Tuesday. Green’s husband, Jeff Green, also stepped down the same day from Winlock’s Planning Commission and said he was doing so because of personal displeasure with recent city activities, though he did not specify what had upset him or his wife.