Bledsoe resigns from Farmersburg Town Council and as precinct committeeman
The Farmersburg Town Council will have one of its members replaced in the near future, it was learned at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.
Longtime educator Mike Bledsoe submitted a letter of resignation, effective March 1, to the Farmersburg clerk-treasurer and Democrat Party chairperson Karen Theriac.
Theriac said the reason for the resignation was Bledsoe moving his residence to Sullivan.
Theriac will actually have two positions to fill, as Bledsoe also served as a Curry Township precinct committeeman.
“I have until the end of this month to see who is interested and then I will make both appointments,” Theriac said. “I will also be working with the town board for their recommendations.”
Bledsoe’s seat on the four-person council runs until the end of 2019.
“I would like to, as the board, to thank Mike for his service,” Bishop said at Tuesday’s meeting. “He served for about 2 1/2 years, I’m not exactly for sure (actually it was three years). He was always willing to help. Wasn’t afraid to get out and actually work. He was an asset to the town board.”
Theriac says anyone wanting to apply for the council vacancy needs to send a letter to K. Theriac, P.O. Box 487, Carlisle, IN 47838. It was advertised in the March 19 edition of the Times.
Bledsoe was currently filling out an unfinished term of Michael Cazee, who passed away suddenly in February 2016.
“I’m appointing Mike Bledsoe, who’s lived in Farmersburg his whole life and has been on the town board many times,” then-Sullivan County Democrat chairperson Lynn Hamilton said. “There couldn’t be a better person to put on that town board.”
Cazee, 66, had just been elected in November 2015 to the four-year term and had participated in only one meeting, their regular monthly meeting in January 2016. He passed away on Feb. 13, 2016.
Theriac, as Hamilton was previously, is charged with making the council appointment, according to Indiana Election Law.
According to Indiana Code 3-13-11, since there is only one precinct in the township board member’s district, the county chairperson can make a direct appointment within 30 days of receiving notice of the vacancy.
“(Bledsoe) told me right before he left on vacation recently, he had talked to Mike Cazee about what Mike wanted to do and where he thought the town of Farmersburg should go,” Hamilton said back in early 2016. “He has Mike Cazee’s thoughts. So I think that makes him the perfect fit.”
Coincidentally, Bishop was appointed by Hamilton in 2008 to fill out Cazee’s term, when he had resigned due to health issues.
News on Tuesday’s Farmersburg Town Council meeting will appear in a future edition of Times.