London councilman resigns his seat

(Posted Jan. 7, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London city council has a vacancy.

Rodney Lauer, one of three at-large members on council, resigned effective Jan. 4. Lauer accepted a job as a reliability engineer with Pinnacle Foods in Darien, Wisc.

“It is with some degree of sadness that I move from this community. I believe London has a bright future and will keep tabs on its progress,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

When an elected official resigns mid-term, their political party’s central committee must appoint a replacement. In this case, that task goes to the five London members of Madison County’s Republican Central Committee. The appointee will complete the rest of Lauer’s term, which expires Dec. 31.

“Several people have already expressed interest,” said Steve Saltsman, central committee chairman.

The committee has 45 days from the time of the resignation to make the appointment, which makes Feb. 18 the deadline. Saltsman said the committee plans to make the appointment well before then.

Candidate interviews are set to take place starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, 271 Elm St., London. Each candidate will be interviewed individually in executive session. Saltsman said the committee likely will meet on Jan. 20 to vote on who will be named to the seat.

Anyone interested in the position must live within London’s corporation limits, be registered as a Republican, and be registered to vote in Madison County.

Individuals who wish to be considered for selection are encouraged to contact Saltsman as soon as possible at shurf49@sbcglobal.net or (740) 852-3115. Messages should include the candidate’s name, address, and phone number so that eligibility can be confirmed and an interview time can be scheduled.

Lauer’s time on council

Lauer first served on London city council from 2008 to 2010, during which the city extended Keny Boulevard and extended sidewalks on Elm Street to the London City Schools campus.

Lauer’s second stint on council started in January 2014. In the past year, Lauer said, he was proud to be part of putting together the 2015 city budget and putting into motion a performance audit of city departments.

He said the decision to accept a job out of state was difficult. Lauer and his wife, Heather, and their three daughters, Kelsey, Susanna and Jacqui, have called London home for many years.

“We have become part of this community through the music programs at the school, the 4-H programs and the Madison County Fair, and by being active in the community,” he said. “I feel that during my brief time serving on London city council that I have been able to give a little back to the community that has meant so much to me and my family.”

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