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Abel Steps Down From Ward IV Gering Council Seat

Abel Steps Down From Ward IV Gering Council Seat

Council member Parrish Abel has stepped down from his Ward IV seat on the Gering City Council, a little more than a year following his appointment to the post.

According to the agenda for next week’s council meeting, Abel submitted a letter to Mayor Tony Kaufman dated Jan. 28, saying “it has been a pleasure and honor to serve the Citizens of our community, however at this time I need to resign my position on the Gering City Council effective  immediately.”

Following the Council’s acceptance of the resignation, they’re expected to approve authorizing Kaufman to appoint a special committee to begin the process of finding Abel’s replacement. According to that agenda item, the committee comprised of the Mayor and Council Members present during a special meeting will conduct interviews of prospective candidates. The resolution that governs such vacancies says the Mayor has four weeks from official acknowledgement of a vacancy to submit the name of a candidate to the Council for consideration.

Abel was selected Dec. 23, 2019 on a 5-1 vote to fill the remaining term left by Phillip Holliday, who had stepped down earlier that year. The seat will be up for election in 2022.

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