BEATRICE – A third-ward Beatrice City Councilman who will be leaving the body soon will still be on the November General Election ballot.
Dwight Parde did not seek to remove his name from the ballot by a September 4th deadline. He is up for reelection this year, facing challenger, Mike McLain.
Parde, a multi-term councilman, announced at a recent city council meeting that he plans to retire and move to Arkansas, and will likely leave his post in late October.
Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth says after Parde submits a letter of resignation to the council and it’s accepted, the city must publish that the vacancy exists.
:24 “in November”
The election is November 13th.
During his recent announcement, Parde recommended that the mayor and council consider increasing the pay for council and mayoral positions, as an incentive to get more people interested in running for local office. Mayor Wirth says that issue will be on the agenda of an upcoming city council work session.
:13 “the city council”
Wirth maintains that most people don’t run for the office of mayor or city council because of the money involved, but he says there is a time commitment and expense for serving in those offices.
:17 “another story”
Although the time spent on the job will vary from one elected official to the next, Wirth says that time is worth something.
:27 “to the council”
City Finance Director Linda Koch says the mayoral position currently has an annual salary of $9,750, while city council members make $6,500 annually. She says those salaries were last set in February of 2006….taking effect after the fall election, that year.