MT. VERNON — Mayor Milt Sees announced Friday he will resign as mayor at 5 p.m. Monday.
Sees, 59, has been mayor since 2005, and had served as a city councilman since 1997.
“It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Mt. Vernon as a member of the council and as mayor,” the resignation letter reads. “Unfortunately, due to personal commitments, I am no longer able to devote the amount of time and attention that I feel the position deserves.
“As always, my concern is for our citizens to have effective leadership that will allow Mt. Vernon to realize its full potential,” the letter continued. “I am confident that others will step forward to meet this need.”
Most city officials received the news at around 3:35 p.m. Friday.
In January of this year Sees accepted the job as head of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s division of highways at a salary of $117,400.
Sees would have remained mayor until 2009.
Sees’ resignation means that a mayor pro-tem will have to be elected from city council members to serve during instances that a mayor’s presence is required and that will come about the first time Monday night when City Council meets.
If a interim mayor is not decided upon among city council members, then a mayor pro-tem will have to be elected at the start of each city council meeting or other meeting where a mayor is needed to serve.
If an interim mayor is selected, he will serve until the 2007 election is held. At that point, the interim mayor would have to run for mayor.
That person, or whoever would be elected, would then serve as mayor until 2009.
Sees’ letter of resignation also thanked all city employees for making his “years in local government successful and rewarding.”
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