DeGraff village administrator resigns

DeGraff council members accepted the resignation Thursday in a special meeting of their village administrator, less than a year after creating the position and hiring him.

The resignation letter from Shane Long dated Sept. 6 is two sentences long, announcing his resignation and thanking Mayor Beth Neeley, “for the opportunity to work for the village of DeGraff.”

No specific reason for the resignation was cited.

The council last November initially moved to disband its former Board of Public Affairs, in favor creating a village administrator post. Long was hired at that time.

However, the position and how it was created has been called in to question in recent weeks as village officials were notified that council action previously taken last November to abolish the BPA and create the new post was not legal because that action requires a twothirds vote from council.

There were two members absent when council took that vote on Nov. 20, 2018.

Thursday, council passed on third reading an ordinance that formally establishes its village administrator position, but is now seeking new applicants to fill the position.

The next regular meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 17, and begins at 6 p.m.