Hatton officially resigns as village president

Marie Havenga • Aug 8, 2017 at 11:56 PM

SPRING LAKE — Village President Joyce Hatton has officially resigned.

Hatton sent an email to the six remaining Village Council members at 11:37 p.m. Tuesday,  just hours after village voters turned down a ballot proposal that could have paved the way for disincorporation.

Her message simply stated: “I am resigning my post as President of Spring Lake Charter Village effective immediately. — Joyce Verplank Hatton”

Hatton, 84, announced Monday that she would be resigning, no matter what the results of Tuesday’s election. She said it became difficult to work with six members of council who were against disincorporating the village.

Hatton won a three-way race in the November election, running on a platform to disincorporate the village.

According to the Village Charter, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Powers will take over as president for the remainder of Hatton's two-year term once her resignation is official. Council must appoint a replacement for Powers' seat within 30 days.

Hatton said it was difficult working with Village Council members, because they were against disincorporation, and she was elected with “a mandate” to pursue the disincorporation process.

If village voters had approved the ballot measure to amend the Village Charter to allow a mechanism for disincorporation, Hatton said she would have collected signatures toward the effort, but as a private citizen.

“This was the mandate I had,” she said. “If they want to follow through, I'm certainly going to follow through with them.”

Since voters rejected the proposal, Hatton said she plans to drop the issue.

“I think it's time for somebody else to pick up the ball,” she said.

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