HUDSON — City Council will soon have a vacancy to fill.
Councilman Dr. J. Dan Williams on Tuesday announced he is resigning from his at-large seat effective March 20.
After retiring from his job as a finance professor at the University of Akron, Williams said he served for three years on the city’s park board and then for 13 1/2 years on council.
"I’ve really enjoyed my time serving the city but I think it is time to move on to other activities," Williams said at Tuesday’s council meeting. "I don’t know what the Lord has in store for me, but I’m sure he will keep me quite busy."
Noting that he and his wife enjoy traveling, Williams said being on council "limits" how often they can get away. He said they are looking forward to taking more trips in the winter.
Williams said he "seriously thought" about not seeking another term when he ran for re-election 2 1/2 years ago, but said there were several projects he wanted to help see through: the new city hall, road repairs, use of the YDC property and Downtown Phase II.
"Many of these projects have been completed or at least the planning is complete," said Williams. "My biggest disappointment is Phase II. I had hoped to be under construction by now, but it was just not to be."
From his tenure on council, Williams said he is most proud of Downtown Phase I and the city’s "outstanding financial position."
"I wish the city well in the future and I will be around watching," said Williams, who said he and his wife have purchased a home just north of downtown.
Williams said he enjoyed working with his fellow council members, the administration and other city staffers.
He thanked his supporters who he said have "encouraged me through the good times, as well as the difficult periods over the last few years."
"I hope I have fulfilled the expectations of all the people who voted for me," said Williams.
Council President Bill Wooldredge said he was "disappointed" that WIlliams was resigning, but added, "I certainly understand it."
Calling Williams a "personal friend," Wooldredge noted he and Williams have run for council together and worked collaboratively on many issues.
"I’m very fond of him and I’m going to miss having him on council," said Wooldredge. "It’s been a great run, Dan, and you’ve done a lot of great work for the city and I really appreciate it."
The city will be accepting applicants to fill the at-large council position. Applicants can apply online at www.hudson.oh.us on the Government Boards and Commissions page. Hopefuls should complete the application form and submit it online. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. March 31.
Council will review the applications and hold interviews in April, with the goal of making an appointment in May.
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