Jim Cihak submitted a letter, dated June 5, notifying township officials that he would be moving out of the area “in the near future” and would be resigning from his trustee position.
The Township Board unanimously accepted the resignation at its Monday meeting.
Township Clerk Carolyn Boersma said she believes Cihak has already moved back to Marquette, where he had served on both the Marquette County and City commissions prior to moving to Spring Lake.
“By law, when you move out of the area, you're done,” Boersma said. “Was I shocked? Yes.”
Cihak did not immediately return phone calls from the Tribune.
The retired probation/parole officer was elected to the Spring Lake Township Board this past November. He was slated to serve through November 2016.
Township Supervisor John Nash said the board hasn't had a vacancy since the early 2000s when the township treasurer resigned.
The Township Board has 45 days to appoint a replacement for Cihak, according to state statute. If the board fails to do so by then, the township will be required to hold a special election for the vacancy, which could cost $8,000 to $10,000, according to Nash.
The appointed trustee will serve until the next general election in 2014, Boersma said.Nash said the replacement process will be "transparent and logical."
Prospective candidates must be a registered voter and resident of Spring Lake Township.
Interested candidates may submit applications online at sltwp.org; or by mail to: Clerk Carolyn Boersma, Spring Lake Township Hall, 106 S. Buchanan St., Spring Lake, MI 49456. The deadline is 5 p.m. June 21.
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