The Platte City Board of Aldermen will have a spot to fill after receiving notice of an unexpected vacancy.
Lee Stubbs submitted a letter of resignation last week from his Ward II spot, citing the pending sale of his house and plans to move away. The resignation will be effective on October 1 of this year.
Just last spring, Stubbs won a second term on the board, fending off former alderman Ron Porter and Tim Brown in the April election. Stubbs received 65 votes — nearly 60 percent of those cast in the three-man race.
Stubbs previously served as owner and editor of The Platte County Citizen and first won election in 2015 in his first race for public office. He defeated longtime alderman Porter in that election as well.
Currently working as a real estate agent with Reece and Nichols in addition to a position with the United States Postal Service, Stubbs, 55, spent 25 years working in journalism before moving on from the profession in 2014 after 16 years as owner of The Citizen.
Platte City mayor Frank Offutt will have the task of appointing a replacement with approval from a majority of the remaining members of the board. According to city ordinance, the successor will serve until the next regular municipal election when a replacement can be voted upon.
In addition, Offutt will be looking to make an appointment to the Platte City Parks and Recreation Board. Justin Tyler recently moved out of city limits and is no longer eligible to serve, according to a recent news release.
Offutt announced the vacancy as of last week and will name a replacement. The board of aldermen will be asked to sustain his action to create the opening during the September regular meeting.