In a Letter to the Editor in the hard copy edition of today's Chronicle Times, Cherokee City Council member Greg Stieneke announces his resignation from the Council.
Stieneke, who has served on the Council since December, 2006, resigned officially August 4 citing health reasons in a letter delivered to City Hall.
In today's Letter to the Editor, Stieneke said his intention when he chose to run for the Council was to "change things for the better instead of conforming to the same old ways. Unfortunately, this put me at odds with the other Council members and got me labled as counterproductive.
"Although I've tried to do what I believed is best for Cherokee, the old saying, 'You can't fight City Hall' is true. Be it from trying to get jobs done in a timely manner, to making tough decisions on ways to cut the spending, the more you try to change, the more it stays the same. My frustration level has met its match."
Stieneke was appointed to the Council on December 12, 2006 to serve out the term of former Council member Ron Johnson, who resigned for health reasons. Stieneke was re-elected to another term in the Ward 3 post beginning January 1, 2008.
The Council is now faced with appointing someone to finish Stieneke's term, unless a citizen's petition calling for a special election is filed with the City Clerk and County Auditor (Commissioner of Elections) within 14 days of the required Public Notice published by the City.
The matter is on the agenda for discussion at Tuesday's regular City Council meeting.