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Akeley mayor resigns

Akeley mayor Gary Hendricks submitted a letter of resignation at this week's council meeting, effective at year's end. Hendricks has two years remaining in his term of office. The timing of the announcement is to allow candidates to step forward ...

Akeley mayor Gary Hendricks submitted a letter of resignation at this week's council meeting, effective at year's end.

Hendricks has two years remaining in his term of office. The timing of the announcement is to allow candidates to step forward for the two-year remaining term when filings open Aug. 29 for November elections.

Hendricks was elected to the council four years ago. He assumed the mayoral position when Laurie Hill resigned in May 2004, running for mayor in the 2004 elections.

"The reason for my resignation is that I will be going to Florida during the winter months and will not be able to fulfill the duties of mayor as they should be done," he wrote.

Akeley voters will be electing four to council positions in November, Frank Lamb the only council member whose term is not expiring.

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Voters will also determine if the city will change from its current Standard Plan with an elected position of clerk-treasurer, currently held by Toots Johnson, or become a Statutory Plan A city. If voters approve the change, a paid employee, currently referred to as "deputy clerk," would assume the clerk-treasurer position.

At Wednesday's meeting the council approved hiring Denise Rittgers of Nevis as deputy clerk. Alvera Atkinson, who is retiring at month's end, currently holds the position.

Rittgers will receive $15.25 per hour based on a 36-hour week and receive employee benefits, including health insurance.

She will assume the position Aug. 21.

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