Hilderbrand resigns as Manchester mayor

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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MANCHESTER, Ohio — The resignation of an elected official in Adams County was recently accepted by the Manchester Village Council.

Robert E. Hilderbrand, former mayor of the village of Manchester, resigned from his elected position in early September. According to Fiscal Officer Rae Ann Wilson, Hilderbrand cited health concerns as his reason for resigning.

“He resigned for health reasons,” Wilson said. “It really wasn’t more than that.”

A resignation letter written by Hilderbrand was read to the village council during its meeting on Sept. 4. Cody Wagner, president of the council, read the contents aloud, detailing the reasons for Hilderbrand’s resignation.

Wilson said the letter also wished the other council members well.

In the letter, Wilson said Hilderbrand also selected Wagner to be appointed mayor, thus vacating his previous position in the council. A search for a new president of the village council is now one of the first tasks Wagner has to accomplish as mayor.

According to Wilson, the mayor has 30 days from the point of vacancy to appoint a new president of the council, otherwise the selection for the position will fall upon the council itself. Advertisements for the vacant position have been displayed in local newspapers, Wilson said, with a deadline for applications set for Sept. 26.

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Jonathan Wright

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