Greenfield Precinct 1 Councilor Jarvis resigns, effective May 31

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Staff Writer
Published: 4/28/2022 5:12:02 PM
Modified: 4/28/2022 5:10:35 PM

GREENFIELD — Precinct 1 Councilor Ed Jarvis has resigned from his seat on City Council, effective May 31, according to a memo from council President Sheila Gilmour.

“I’m glad I got a chance to work with him,” Gilmour said in a phone interview Thursday. “I wish not so much of that time was remote because it was difficult to get to know people, but I did get a chance to meet him and get to know him, and I wish him well.”

Jarvis, who serves on the Ways and Means Committee and Appointments and Ordinances Committee, would have been up for re-election in November 2023.

In an email to Gilmour and the City Clerk’s Office earlier this month, Jarvis said that after “months of consideration” he’s chosen to find a healthy balance between family, work and City Council.

“Please understand that this has been a hard decision on my part,” Jarvis wrote.

In the light of budget season, Jarvis said he would continue in the role until the end of the budget hearings for fiscal year 2023.

“Please understand I have to do what is right and healthy for me … and hopefully with everyone’s understanding,” he wrote.

According to the Greenfield city charter, “the council president, with the advice of the committee chairs, may fill that seat by appointing a person residing in that precinct … subject to a two-thirds vote of the councilors present, to serve until the next annual city election, at which time a person shall be elected to fill the unexpired term.”

The next city election will be held in November of 2023.

City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center every third Wednesday of the month.

Any registered voter residing in Precinct 1 who wishes to be considered for this position should email a letter of interest to the City Council’s Office at citycouncil@greenfield-ma.gov. Please note that some residents’ precinct numbers have changed due to re-precincting.

Gilmour said in a statement she hopes to consider applicants in May so a new councilor can be appointed at the regular council meeting scheduled for June 15.


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