Libertyville mayor announces resignation
Libertyville will be on the lookout for a new mayor come January when the city council accepts the resignation of current mayor Darryl Davison after one year in office.
Davison has informed the city he and his wife will be moving to Wisconsin in the new year to accept a recent job offer. His resignation will leave the position of mayor vacant.
City clerk Karen Blakley said council members have not yet decided if they will hold a special election or appoint a replacement. She said they will likely decide during their Jan. 8 council meeting.
“We’re sad and disappointed he’s leaving us,” said councilman and mayor pro-tem Rod Nelson. “He did a good job for us as mayor and we wish him luck in his new endeavors.”
The search for a new mayor has proven difficult in the past for the small town, population 300. During Libertyville’s Nov. 8 election last year, the two highest mayoral write-in vote recipients, Ruth Briggs and Bob Glass, declined the position. Nelson also turned down the position due to work conflicts. Davison, who’d lived in Libertyville for two years, offered to fill the role in December.
This time however, Nelson said there already are willing candidates.
“We have several people that have expressed interest in the position, so we shouldn’t have an issue filling it,” he said.
Nelson did not wish to comment at this time about whether or not he is considering the position.
Nelson and city clerk Karen Blakley said Davison has helped Libertyville finalize its purchase of a new fire station and to complete a drainage project within the city.
“The city is moving forward,” said Blakley.
Nelson said he expects the progress to continue.
“The new year is going to be an interesting one,” said Nelson.