Soldotna City Council member Lisa Parker has notified the city that she plans to resign from her council seat due to job responsibilities.
Parker, 51, who has been a city council member since 2002, is a corporate relations representative for Agrium US Inc. in Nikiski.
A native of Fairbanks, Parker has lived on the Kenai Peninsula for more than 15 years, 12 of which have been in Soldotna.
A longtime proponent of Soldotna building a city cemetery, Parker kept the issue at the forefront by mentioning it in her council member report at the conclusion of every council meeting during the past year.
She also supported efforts by the city to annex adjacent areas, providing the majority of residents in those areas were supportive as well.
According to Mayor Dave Carey, the city will be asked to accept Parker’s resignation during the Jan. 24 city council meeting.
The council would then have up to 30 days to appoint a replacement to fill the remaining term of Parker’s council seat. She was elected to the three-year seat in 2005.
Carey said, in the past, the procedure has been for the city to advertise for candidates for the council seat. People would have until Feb. 7 to apply, and the appointment of a replacement council member would be voted on at the Feb. 14 meeting.
“In the past, applicants have been allowed to address the council for five minutes if they wanted,” Carey said. “They didn’t have to.”
With the absence of Parker, the remaining five members of the council will vote on a replacement. A simple majority of three votes would decide.
If no one candidate receives three votes, the council would then vote on the top two and the winner would be appointed.
Carey said Parker will be missed by the city council.
“She has been an important asset to the council,” he said. “She was instrumental in bringing many improvements to the city.”
In a letter to Carey, Parker said, “It has been an extreme honor to serve the residents of Soldotna these past five years. My love for this city is not diminished and I will continue to work for the betterment of our community.”
“I love the community,” she said Tuesday.
Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek @peninsulaclarion.com.
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