The village of Silver Lake has received an email from Trustee Barb Ironside that says she is resigning her seat on the Village Board, village President Sue Gerber confirmed today.
An official resignation is typically delivered in a signed letter. The village has not received a signed letter, just the email, Gerber said.
Ironside is the chairman of the Finance, Legislative and Administrative committee and is a member of the Emergency Goverment and Parks, Public Lands and Library committees.
This would be the third appointment since April to the Village Board.
Following the April election, Soti Wilber was appointed to fill Sue Gerber’s seat when Gerber, a sitting trustee, won the village president race. The appointment was not without controversy. Gerber recommended the next highest vote getter in the April election receive the appointment, but that idea found no support on the board and Wilber was approved by a 4 to 1 vote with Gerber voting against and Ironside abstaining, but not stating her reason for abstaining. Wilber had received the least votes of six candidates for trustee in the April election.
Then in May, Trustee David Snow announced he was resigning due to conflicts between his trustee duties and those of a new job. The village solicited letters from interested individuals and received five. One of the five, Paul Snellen, was appointed by a 4 to 2 vote in July, with Gerber and Barbara Ironside voting no.
Ironside was at the center of an on and then off again resignation from the board in 2011. In October of that year she sent a letter of resignation to village Clerk Terry Faber, citing health and personal reasons. She later said she wanted to withdraw the resignation, which the board agreed to. But in November, village attorney Linda Gray said the resignation was official as soon as it was received and could not be withdrawn. The board then proceeded to appoint Ironside to the seat she had just vacated on a 4 to 2 vote with Gerber and then Trustee Chris Willkomm voting against.
Ironside then did not run for re-election in April 2012, but did file to run for trustee in 2013. She received the most votes of six candidates (three elected to the board) in the April 2013 election.
Ironside leaving the board now could be especially problematic for the board as budget preparation is under way and she is the finance committee chairman.
The board is scheduled to meet for a Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m.