Greenfield Town Councilor Lobik resigns

  • Lobik FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/2/2018 10:57:56 AM

GREENFIELD — Councilor John Lobik issued his resignation Friday, which is effective Jan 1., citing health reasons.

“I have appreciated my last three years serving the City of Greenfield and the citizens in my precinct,” Lobik said in his resignation letter to the council.

With the departure of the Precinct 2 councilor, Greenfield City Council President Karen “Rudy” Renaud will have to nominate a candidate to replace Lobik in his final year of service to the city. She said she hopes to have someone to bring before the council in January. It takes a majority vote to install a temporary councilor. 

“I’m sad to see him go,” Renaud said. “He’s done a lot of work, and I think he’s served his constituents well. He’s an easy guy to work with, and I know he cares about the town.”

While Lobik typically voted alongside the more conservative voting block led by Councilors Isaac Mass and Brickett Allis, the progressive Renaud said she’s less concerned about the politics of the person she picks.

“I’m more concerned with experience right now,” Renaud said. “A  lot of what we’re looking at in the next year ahead, it will be more about just moving the town forward. To have somebody get to the seat who doesn’t have experience would be hard.”

Coming on in January, the councilor will have to be thrown into conversation on the budget, which is likely to be a particularly dense topic this year with concerns over the city’s debt picture.

The person who takes the seat will have an opportunity to run for the four-year seat in November 2019. Lobik was voted on in 2015.

Renaud is currently looking for a potential candidate, saying she doesn’t have anyone in mind at the moment.

Votes on the future of a new library, fire station or public safety complex and funding for the city’s inspection departments hang in the balance over the next couple of months, as well as the major’s decisions over the shape of next year’s budget.

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