MOUNT VERNON — City Treasurer Felicia Rhodes has resigned after less than eight months in office.
She did not give a specific reason for her resignation, saying only that “It is with great regret that I submit my resignation as Treasurer of the City of Mount Vernon effective as of the end of today, Friday, August 17, 2018. I was optimistic and carried the highest of intentions when I ran for this position and give my deepest apologies for not being able to fulfill my term in its entirety.”
McConville said when he received the letter Tuesday, he carried a copy over to Mayor Richard Mavis and also sent a copy to the Knox County Board of Elections.
The local Republican Party will eventually name a successor, but in the meantime, the mayor has asked former Treasurer Anton “Bud” Krutsch to fill the position temporarily, which he has agreed to do. He was to be sworn in by Judge John Thatcher at 8:30 a.m. this morning.
McConville said that under state law, when a vacancy occurs, the appropriate party’s central committee members from the city will meet between five and 45 days after the vacancy occurs and select a replacement.
Since the opening occurs less than a year into the four-year term, the replacement will have to run next year to fill the rest of the four-year term.
McConville said he had some possible replacements in mind for the position, but the party will take letters from people interested in the position and the Central Committee members from the city will probably meet to decide on a replacement Sept. 12, when a committee meeting is already scheduled.
Attempts to reach Rhodes by telephone and email were unsuccessful.