(Posted Jan. 24, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Three weeks into his third term, London city councilman Trint Hatt submitted his resignation. He cited changes in work obligations and a desire for more family time as his reasons for stepping down.
Hatt works in government relations for ATT in Columbus. He and his wife, Kerri, have a daughter who will be 2 years old in February. They recently sold their home in London and plan to move closer to Hatt’s work in Columbus.
“Being an elected official is a privilege and has been one of the highest honors of my life, however, my family must come first,” Hatt wrote in his resignation letter, dated Jan. 17. “In an effort to spend more time with them, I think it is incumbent upon me to step aside and allow someone else the privilege of serving their community.”
Hatt thanked his wife for her support during his time on council.
“While I spent many long nights at meetings, she was the rock of our family. She took on a job she didn’t sign up for and made the best of it,” Hatt stated. “I can say with certainty that without her strength and perseverance, I would not have had the honor to serve the city of London these last four years.”
Hatt served as chairman of council’s public safety committee and was a member of the finance committee. He said he is proud to have been part of Access Cowling, a project that’s bringing new playground equipment to Cowling Park that is accessible to children of all abilities. He also pushed for the city to join Ohio Online Checkbook, which puts the city’s finances online for easy public access. He noted, too, that he is happy with the city’s budgeting process.
“Every year I’ve been on council, we’ve had a smaller deficit than the year before. I’m proud that we’re spending taxpayer dollars more wisely,” he said.
Hatt represented Ward 1. He was first elected to the seat four years ago. He ran unopposed in the November 2017 election. The new term expires Dec. 31, 2019. Hatt’s resignation became effective Jan. 21.
The Madison County Republican Central Committee must appoint another Republican to complete the unexpired term. By Ohio law, the committee has 45 days from the date of the resignation to name a replacement. The committee plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. March 6 to make the appointment. The meeting will take place at the Madison County Engineer’s Office, 825 U.S. Rte. 42, London.
Anyone interested in being considered for the appointment must live in Ward I and submit a letter of interest and a resumé to Nick Adkins, committee chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.