Conklin turns in resignation
STERLING – Third Ward Alderman Bob Conklin, who has missed more than half of this year’s Sterling City Council meetings, resigned Thursday morning.
Conklin said Tuesday he had decided not to run for the seat in the April 2 consolidated general election, citing an inconsistent work schedule at a new job.
Mayor Skip Lee said it was hoped that Conklin could stay on a day schedule, but it kept changing. As his absences continued to pile up, Conklin said he was told to continue doing what he was doing – get updates from the city manager and be available to assist the residents of his ward.
The mayor, however, said that arrangement had been discussed much earlier in the year, and no longer applied, calling it a miscommunication. Lee said Tuesday he would ask for Conklin’s resignation.
Sterling’s council members are paid $200 a month, regardless of whether they attend meetings. Conklin had attended only four meetings in 2018, causing Alderman Joe Martin to approach City Manager Scott Shumard about instituting a policy that guaranteed council members would be paid only for meetings they attend.
Lee said he accepted Conklin’s resignation with regret.
“During his time on the council, I found him to be progressive, open-minded, engaged, and an able representative of his ward,” Lee said.
The mayor said he will appoint someone as soon as possible to serve the remainder of Conklin’s term.