Ashley Moritz

Waldo City Attorney Ashley Moritz talks to the Waldo City Council about the resignation of Mayor Kenneth Haupt.

Waldo’s City Council approved Kenneth Haupt’s resignation as mayor at Thursday night’s meeting by a 4-1 vote.

Darla Longino, the city’s recorder, showed each member the letter Haupt had turned in, dated November 13.

“Due to continued health reasons, I am officially resigning my office as mayor of Waldo effective immediately,” the letter reads.

City Attorney Ashley Mortiz said she had talked with Lanny Richmond, the Arkansas Municipal League attorney, and she was told the way for them to proceed at this point was to allow Longino to serve as mayor temporarily.

“She is just getting your packets filled and running the meetings,” Mortiz said.

At the regularly scheduled meeting in December, the alderman can fill the position by appointment or call a special election.

Paula Miller was the only council member who voted against the mayor’s resignation.

Council member Lawanda Gail Robinson said she was concerned about tasks she thinks the mayor needs to do on a daily basis.

“Someone will need to do work assignments for city workers,” she said.

Longino said after the meeting that isn’t the mayor’s job and department heads are responsible for those tasks.

Robinson said she was glad to see Haupt resign. She said he was never a good mayor.

“He was never in the office and didn’t do work schedules with the guys,” she said. “He was a pro tem mayor and he lived somewhere else.”

Robinson said she didn’t know where the mayor lives at this time. The letter he turned in to the alderman listed a Waldo address.

Council member David Baird said he felt badly for the mayor’s health problems and was not happy to see him go. However, he told the council there were housekeeping items to be taken care of such as canceling the contract for his phone and removing his name for all city bank accounts.

Baird also mentioned needing city keys back, but Moritz said that had already been addressed.

Council members Wyteshia Howell and Darryl Witcher did not attend the meeting.

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