Bruce Carmitchel resigns as Ward 1 alderman
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[March 13, 2014]
Tuesday evening in the absence
of Mayor Keith Snyder, Melody Anderson sat at the head table in the
Lincoln City Council chambers as mayor pro tem. After roll call she
then began the evening by reading aloud a letter of resignation from
Ward 1 Alderman Bruce Carmitchel.
In his letter, dated March 5, Carmitchel said he was resigning
effective immediately. He noted in his letter that he didn't feel he
could give the citizens of Ward 1 the representation they deserved,
because his work obligations had changed dramatically and he was
unable to attend city meetings on a regular basis.
At the end of
the letter, Carmitchel said: "I know that I leave the council and
Ward 1 in good hands. As I end my service to the city of Lincoln, I
know that it is in good hands as well. I regret not being able to
help lead Lincoln into the next degree of greatness. I know it will
be armed with an outstanding slate of elected officials and
department heads. I know that I will continue to be proud of the
direction Lincoln is going."
Carmitchel was first appointed in January 2013 as the Ward 4
alderman, replacing the late Orville "Buzz" Busby.
That was an unusual year for the city council as they were being
forced to redistrict the city due to a decrease in overall
population. The city was to go from five wards to four, and it was
an election year. With the new districting, Busby was on the ballot
as the candidate for Ward 1.
After Carmitchel was appointed to the Ward 4 position, the
Republican committee also nominated him to replace Busby on the
ballot as the candidate for Ward 1.
All eight aldermen had to run for re-election. When they were
sworn in, they each then drew the term they would serve, two years
or four. Carmitchel drew the two-year term for Ward 1 and would have
been up for re-election in 2015.
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In Snyder's tenure as mayor, this will be the third time a
seat has been vacated in Ward 1.
In 2009 Dean Henrichsmeyer was re-elected to the position after
an appointment made by former Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman in September
of 2008. Soon after his election, he resigned. Snyder filled the
position with Stacy Bacon. Bacon held the seat until last year.
When the redistricting of the city came to fruition, two aldermen
were going to have to run in opposition to fellow incumbents in
order to keep a seat on the council. Bacon was one of the two, with
David Armbrust being the other. Both decided to retire from the
council. This resulted in the election of Carmichael as Busby's
With Carmitchel's departure, Snyder will now face finding yet
another representative for the Ward 1 seat.
[By NILA SMITH]