Residents react to mayor's resignation

Hardy residents react to mayor resignation
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HARDY, AR (KAIT) - Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton resigned Tuesday at the city council meeting.

Police Chief Scott Rose said she resigned for health issues and her last day is July 31.

Although residents are eager to know who will take over the mayor's seat, council member Jason Jackson said the council has not had time to discuss it yet.

"This all came at us last night," Jackson said.

Jackson said a city official or someone else nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the council could take the interim position.

A Hardy resident and business owner said it has felt like the city has been in a stagnant situation for a long time.

With Thornton's resignation, Quintana hopes for a positive change in town.

"We've not made any progress as far as what city council is able to do or anything that's been able to do for the community," Quintana said. "So perhaps now this will open a gate for us, if you will, where we can start doing things. We can actually see progress happen. We can actually see changes being implemented, not just recommended."

Jackson said he is not sure if Thornton will appoint a new mayor or if the residents will vote.

"There should be an election," Quintana said. "The community should get to vote for the mayor."

The city council will meet August 2 to discuss the issue, two days after Thornton's departure.

Jackson said the recorder treasure also recently resigned. At Tuesday's meeting, the council voted in a new treasure, Miranda Hobbs.

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