New council members sworn in, Stubbs resigns

Micah Parker was sworn in as a new Harrington City Councilmember for district three June 6. He was joined by his wife. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

Micah Parker was sworn in as a new Harrington City Councilmember for district three June 6. He was joined by his wife. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

Dean Helsel took his oath of office to represent Harrington’s district one while his son Jackson watches and his father holds the Bible. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

Dean Helsel took his oath of office to represent Harrington’s district one while his son Jackson watches and his father holds the Bible. The Journal/Jennifer Antonik

 

HARRINGTON — After residents recently elected two new members of the Harrington City Council, they can expect one more change in its roster.

Now former-Councilmember Kenneth Stubbs resigned effective immediately via a letter dated May 20, leaving behind a vacant seat with one year left to the term.

“During my tenure, it has been my pleasure to work with many fine, talented, and dedicated people of this great community,” his letter read. “I will always consider Harrington my home and thankful for the opportunity to give back to my community by serving on city council. I am moving on to other endeavors and feel it is time to step down.”

Currently seated councilmembers, including newly sworn in Dean Helsel and Micah Parker, unanimously voted to appoint Charles Baugher Jr. to replace Mr. Stubbs for the next year. He will then have to run for an election should he decide to do so.

“Some of you may know him as Sprinkler Charlie,” Mayor Anthony Moyer said during the meeting. “He has graciously agreed to sit on council if approved.”

Mr. Baugher should be sworn in in the near future after a background check is completed.

“It’s going to be exciting,” he said. “It will take me some time to adjust to the new role, but I’m looking forward to it.

Mr. Stubbs could not be reached for additional comment.

The regular council meeting to be held June 20 was cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. The next meeting will be held June 27 at 7 p.m.

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