Cole resigns from Port Huron City Council

By Tony Wittkowski | Local Government Reporter | The Times Herald

Rachel Cole is resigning from the Port Huron City Council.

Per the city charter, Alphonso Amos, the next highest vote getter in the 2013 election, is in line to complete Cole’s term.

Cole’s term runs through November 2016. She submitted a letter of resignation to the city today.

Port Huron Clerk Sue Child said the resignation will be addressed by the council at the Monday meeting and will go into effect at the end of the night.

Cole was sworn onto council in August following the death of Brian Moeller. She previously was elected in 2011 and served a two-year term on council.

Cole noted in her resignation letter to the city it was not an easy decision and followed the loss of her job last fall.

“I assure you that I never could have imagined such a drastic change in my life when I accepted the seat on City Council only a few short months ago,” she wrote. “I apologize for having to leave so soon. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the residents of Port Huron, and I will continue to be active in the community as my circumstances allow.”

Child said Amos could be sworn in as early as the March 23 meeting. If he declines, the council will have 45 days to accept applications and select a new council member. Child said if a decision isn’t made by a council on a new member, it would likely go to the November election.

Child said to be eligible to be on council, residents must have lived in the city for at least the past year.

Cole could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Amos, the program coordinator for SONS Outreach and scoutreach executive for the Boys Scouts of America, said he was contacted by the city Friday.

“Right now I’m going to talk this over with my fiance and I’ll be praying about it and hopefully I’ll have my decision by mid next week,” he said.

Cole could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Mayor Pro-Tem Sherry Archibald said she understands why Cole resigned.

“It’s disappointing, we will certainly miss her,” she said. “I think it is a big lost. Rachel had a good understanding of the direction the city wanted to go.”

According to Archibald, Cole was very good at letting council know when she wouldn’t make the meetings.

Archibald said she had at least missed the last three meetings.

“She decided it wouldn’t be fair to have a constant absentee councilmember,” Archibald said. “She didn’t want to put us in that position to take action.”

Moeller was mayor of Port Huron from 2007 to 2009 and served on council in the following years. He also served the city as a police officer, retiring as a captain. He died at the age of 59 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at (810) 989-6270 or twittkowsk@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 6, 2015)

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