Third Ward Alderman Barry Aldrich resigned from the Morris City Council at the start of Monday’s council meeting.
Aldrich sold his home Friday and has moved outside of his ward and the city limits. Legally, he cannot continue to represent the Third Ward if he does not live in it.
“I no longer live in the Third Ward. I thank all the aldermen for getting me where I am. I enjoyed it,” said Aldrich to the council as he gave his resignation.
In April 2011, Aldrich, who is a Democrat, won the seat against then Republican incumbent Don Matteson. Matteson currently holds the Third Ward’s second seat.
Aldrich said he put his house up for sale about 15 months ago and told the mayor and the council then his house was on the market. But the house just sold Friday.
Moving out of the city limits means Aldrich cannot run for a city office, but he could run for a county seat. After the meeting, Aldrich said he wouldn’t rule this opportunity out.
Mayor Richard Kopczick thanked Aldrich for his dedication to the city and the ward.
“I am sad to lose him. He is a good alderman who is concise in his job. He takes it seriously and did his homework,” said Kopczick after the meeting. “It’s sad. He is a young man who is very interested in his part to help service this community.”
The mayor has 60 days to appoint someone to replace Aldrich. The appointment is done with the advice and consent of the council, he said.
Although the law does not require him to, Kopczick appoints a person from the party that was elected originally. In this case, the position will be filled by a Democrat since Aldrich was a Democrat.
Currently two members of the council were appointed to their positions and have kept their seats in subsequent elections: Don Hansen and Bill Martin.
While the mayor works on finding a replacement, the committees Aldrich sat on will work as two-member committees for now.
“Anyone interested should make an appointment to see me,” said Kopczick.
For more information on the Third Ward seat or to express interest, call Mayor Richard Kopczick at (815)942-5438.