THURMAN - The two top officials in local government have submitted their resignations after a recent contentious town board meeting, and the political landscape in Thurman is likely to shift soon.
Thurman Supervisor Lawrence "Red" Pitkin resigned last week, citing a health issue related to stress prompted by political upheaval, and Deputy Supervisor James Ligon submitted his resignation, effective immediately, soon after the June 29 Thurman Board meeting. Pitkin's resignation is effective July 31.
Warren County Republican Elections Commissioner Mary Beth Casey said Tuesday that both positions - the supervisor post and one town board position - will be on the ballot in November's general election.
In the meantime, the remaining members - four through July 31 - can choose an interim supervisor and appoint a temporary board member. Through that date, Pitkin is fully empowered to help make that choice. After Aug. 1, the three remaining board members, Charlie Bills, Al Vasak and Leon Galusha, would have to cast a unanimous vote on the temporary positions.
Citizens interested in the town board position may pick up and circulate petitions immediately so their names can appear on the September Primary election ballot, but for the Supervisor post, it's a different matter, she said.
With Pitkin's resignation effective July 31, the time is past for Republican or Democrat petitions to be circulated for the supervisor post. However, those interested in the post may seek such support as an Independent candidate. The major parties can meet and submit names for their endorsed choices, however.
Both of the county Election Commissioners, Casey and Democrat Bill Monfort, said this simultaneous resignation of two town board members was unprecedented.
"In my 30 years here, I've never seen this happen," Montfort said Tuesday. Thurman Supervisor Red Pitkin confirmed his resignation Sunday, and said he wouldn't likely revoke it.