Silvers to resign from city council
Fairfield City Councilwoman at large, Susan Silvers announced her resignation from city council today, three years before her election term is complete in 2015.
She will continue her position until the end of the year.
“It is with much regret I am submitting my resignation,” she said.
Silvers said while she wishes to continue her work for the city, new developments at her workplace at Cambridge Investments will require her full attention.
“A lot of positive things are happening in the city, but there also are positive things happening professionally for me,” she said. “This year has brought up exciting opportunities for me at Cambridge.”
Silvers said she felt she could no longer continue both roles.
“I can’t give both 110 percent,” she said.
Silvers is director of transition, business development at Cambridge, where she has worked for more than six years.
During Silvers’ five years on city council, she said Fairfield has seen many positive changes. She’s watched the civic center find its footing and become a cultural hub of the town, worked with two city administrators, helped pass the outdoor pool and recreation bond issue and extend the local option sales tax, which she said has helped revitalize the downtown.
“Knowing I was able to help with some of that, that’s what I’ll miss,” she said.
Going forward, Silvers said the biggest challenge on the horizon for the city will be executing a plan to upgrade its sewer system.
“One continuing issue is wastewater treatment and the forward movement we need to make to satisfy the DNR [Iowa Department of Natural Resources],” she said.
When asked the qualities she believed important in a councilmember, Silvers said the job requires “someone very educated about the topics, because you cannot make decisions in a vacuum.”
“I’d like to see someone balanced and open minded, who makes decisions carefully and considerately,” she said.
Silvers notified Mayor Ed Malloy this week of her resignation so he can begin looking for someone new.
“I’m confident Mayor Malloy will find someone to fill my shoes,” she said.
The mayor has not announced if he will appoint the new member with approval from the council, or if a special election will be held.
City administrator Kevin Flanagan said Silvers will most likely be replaced by mayoral appointment.
“I look forward to working with whoever is appointed,” he said.
Silvers said she’s taken seriously her commitment to acting on behalf of the residents she represents.
“I want to thank Fairfield citizens for putting their trust in me,” she said.
And when the time is right, she said, she’ll be back.
“I really enjoy being on the council,” she said. “I would definitely put my hat in the ring again.”