Two councilors resign, two remain in Dunsmuir

Skye Kinkade

The Dunsmuir City Council is down to two members after Nick Mitchell and mayor Chris Raine both resigned their seats on Monday.

Remaining councilors Ed Steele and Dave Keisler will discuss their options to fill the empty seats at a soon to be scheduled special meeting. Until that time, city business cannot be conducted because there are not enough councilors for a quorum.

Mitchell was not present for the special council meeting Monday morning when city manager Brenda Bains read his resignation letter. Councilors Steele, Keisler and Raine unanimously accepted the resignation, effective at 10 a.m.

Raine did not mention his own plans to resign during the meeting, but Bains said he handed her his resignation letter afterwards.

When reached by phone Tuesday morning, Raine said a statement regarding his reason for resigning “was not possible at this time.” He did confirm that his resignation was effective as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Attempts to contact Mitchell were unsuccessful as of press time.

Mitchell and Raine were the last remaining councilors who were part of the “Citizens for a Better Dunsmuir” group. They were both voted into office, along with Diane Dolf and Arlis Steele, in the same November 2010 election that saw Peter Arth and Mario Rubino recalled. Dolf resigned her council seat in January. Keisler was voted into office in November 2012, ousting Arlis Steele.

To fill the two seats left open by Monday’s resignations, Bains said the remaining councilors will most likely make at least one appointment. A notice of vacancy has been posted in search of candidates who would like to be considered. Letters of interest must be submitted to Bains no later than 4 p.m. on April 29.

An election has already been scheduled for November to fill the council seat vacated by Diane Dolf in January.

When discussing Mitchell’s resignation at Monday’s meeting, Steele said being a councilor is “a tough job” and pointed out they do not get paid. He and Keisler both thanked Mitchell for his work over the past years.

Raine said being a councilor can be particularly difficult for a person who has their own business in town.

“You’ve gotten your wish,” Raine said to the audience in the direction of Arth and David Hicks, who have pursued lawsuits against both Mitchell and Raine in the past.

“We’ve got nothin’, Mr. Mayor,” Arth replied.