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Senior Councilman resigns from office

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: December 16, 2012 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- City Council member John Jeffers resigned from his Ward 4 seat Dec. 11 but had not provided a reason by press time.

City Manager Anthony Bales announced at the Dec. 11 Council budget meeting that Jeffers submitted a letter of resignation, effective that day.

"I have enjoyed my tour of duty," Jeffers wrote in his resignation letter.

Jeffers was not at the meeting and had not returned messages by press time.

With nine consecutive years in office, he had been the longest serving member on City Council. He was most recently reelected in November 2011, running unopposed.

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The city will accept applications to fill the seat from Ward 4 residents through Jan. 3. Candidates must be Ward 4 residents for two continuous years.

Council will select someone to serve until the November 2013 election. At that time, the city will conduct an open race for the Ward 4 seat, with the winner serving two years to complete Jeffers' term.

Council members normally serve four-year terms and are paid $10 per month.

Jeffers was appointed in August 2003, replacing Leo Mehl. He ran unopposed in the November 2003 election and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.

"John has served diligently the past nine years and has brought a lot to Council," said Mayor William Currin. "He'll be missed. I wish John Godspeed and good health from his retirement from City Council."

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David Basil, Council President and Ward 2 Councilman, said he enjoyed serving with John, who is a friend.

"We didn't always agree, and we remained friends," Basil said. "I appreciate our friendship more because of that."

Basil said Jeffers was a good Council member who contributed to meetings.

"I wish him nothing but happiness in the ventures he pursues," Basil added.

Jeffers was a good person to have on Council, said at-large Council member Dan Williams, who sat next to him.

"John is a unique individual," Williams said. "I appreciated his insightful comments. Plus he always kept you on the edge of your chair. You never knew what was coming. We're going to miss him on Council."

Jeffers was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. He graduated from Harvard University in 1958 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years and began practicing law in 1967. He works for Weston Hurd LLP in Cleveland and was named an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2007.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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