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Marquardt resigns as DeKalb's 3rd Ward alderman

Mayor to appoint a replacement within 60 days

Third Ward Alderman Michael Marquardt (left) speaks about bids for demolition of properties as his 4th Ward counterpart Patrick Fagan listens during a DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday Aug. 13 at the Municipal Building in DeKalb.
Third Ward Alderman Michael Marquardt (left) speaks about bids for demolition of properties as his 4th Ward counterpart Patrick Fagan listens during a DeKalb City Council meeting on Monday Aug. 13 at the Municipal Building in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Michael Marquardt, 3rd Ward alderman, has resigned from the City Council, effective immediately, according to a news release sent by the city Thursday evening.

The release said Marquardt indicated his resignation in a letter to DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith, citing personal reasons.

“This was kind of unexpected,” interim City Manager Raymond Munch said Thursday.

Neither Munch nor the mayor provided any further details on the nature of the resignation.

“At this point, I cannot comment beyond what was issued in the news release,” Smith said.

Marquardt has been an alderman since May 2015, and his current term was set to expire in the spring. Smith is tasked with filling the position to serve the remainder of Marquardt’s term.

“By state statute, in the case of a resignation, the mayor has 60 days to make an appointment [to fill the position],” Munch said.

Smith explained that he has a month from the date of resignation to appoint an individual to serve as 3rd Ward alderman, and then council has another month after that appointment to approve the individual for the seat.

“This all came so quickly, I haven’t given it a thought, and have been in meetings all day,” Smith said Thursday when asked whom he will appoint for the open seat.

The council met in closed session all day Thursday for first-round interviews with the top six candidates for city manager.

Munch said it is unclear at this point whether the mayor will appoint an individual from the 3rd Ward himself, or seek public candidates.

The council is set for a first reading vote Monday on a budget for fiscal 2019. Smith said Marquardt’s resignation will not affect the budget timeline.

“The other members of the City Council obviously are aware of [the resignation], and we will work together to make sure we’re there,” Smith said.

Munch said because of the resignation, the council moving forward will simply operate with one fewer vote.

“What’s important to understand, because [Marquardt] officially resigned as opposed to being absent, that means the official number of seated council members is now seven, not eight,” Munch said.

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