Liberty Lake City Council member Brian Sayrs announced his resignation from the council Tuesday after other council members raised concerns about his repeated absences last week.
A letter was received by Mayor Wendy Van Orman announcing his decision, said community development director Doug Smith. “It’s a matter of health,” Smith said of Sayrs’ reason for leaving.
Sayrs has missed six council meetings since his failed bid for county commissioner in November. For the last two meetings Sayrs did not call to explain his absence.
Council member Neal Olander said he hasn’t heard anything from Sayrs. “I don’t know Brian very well,” he said. “I’ve only been on the council for two years.”
Sayrs did not immediately return messages seeking comment on Wednesday.
He had served on the council since the city was formed in 2001 and was serving as Mayor Pro Tem.
The council now has the option of appointing someone to fill in for the remainder of Sayrs’ term and then run in the November elections. The Liberty Lake City Council elections, however, aren’t known for attracting candidates. Most council members run unopposed.
“There’s enough civic interest out there that I’m certain someone will step forward,” Smith said.
While the election isn’t until November, the filing deadline is in June. “In this case it’s a tricky time issue,” said Olander. “The elections are coming up in November anyway. You don’t want to leave the seat empty for eight months either.”
The council will discuss the issue at its next meeting on April 21.
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