CENTERVILLE — Centerville city councilman Edwin Brand turned in a resignation letter yesterday, city administrator Patrick Antonen confirmed by telephone on Thursday morning.
Brand was serving the city as the ward two representative.
He recently ran for re-election for one of two at-large seats, but lost to Jay Dillard in Tuesday’s municipal election. Brand still had until January on his current term.
In the resignation letter he submitted to Antonen, Brand said the results of the recent election was the reason for his resignation.
"Please accept this letter as my resignation from my duties as Centerville City Councilman effective immediately," Brand wrote in his signed resignation letter. "I believe it is only right that given the results of the election on November 5th, I step down and allow the newly elected candidates to immediately assume their duties.
"I've enjoyed my time as Councilman and have been proud to serve the City of Centerville and its citizens. I wish the new council my best in their efforts going forward."
Brand's resignation is effective immediately, assuming the council approves it. Their next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Antonen said the city will abide by Iowa law as they work to replace Brand for the remainder of the term, which amounts to three regular council meetings. Antonen continued to say that Iowa law states they must make an appointment or hold a special election to find a new council member within 40 days of the council accepting Brand’s resignation.
Antonen said the scenario to replace Brand would be similar to when Dillard replaced Randy Marcussen earlier this year. He said the council would likely solicit interested parties from ward two in Centerville, and then an appointment would be made after an interview process.