Citing health reasons, Mt. Pleasant Mayor Dave Blackham resigns
MT. PLEASANT —Mayor David Blackham of Mt. Pleasant, who has been the primary pharmacist in the town for more than 30 years, has resigned from office because of health problems.
Blackham tendered his resignation, effective last Thursday, June 1, in a letter to the Mt. Pleasant City Council.
In the letter, Blackham said his health had declined significantly in the past few months. “Standing, walking and carrying out my responsibilities at the pharmacy, farm and city grow more difficult each day.”
Blackham had one knee replaced a few months ago and now needs to have the other knee replaced. He has suffered from a bulging disc for some time. But recently, he has experienced drop foot, which can be a sign of nerve damage.
“It’s a higher level of damage, and he needs to be under the care of a neurologist,” his wife, Dianne, said, adding, “He’s done the best he can, and it’s time for him to take care of himself.”
At a special meeting June 1, the city council selected Justin Atkinson, the senior councilman, as mayor pro tem. He will serve until the council appoints a new mayor. The appointee, who is expected to be named about the end of June, will fill six months of Blackham’s term, which runs until Jan. 1, 2018.
In his resignation letter, Blackham outlined some of the accomplishments of his administration. Included were road improvements totaling $2.1 million; development of the splash pad and the new aquatic center; building upgrades at Liberty Hall, the Wasatch Block Building, city hall and the recreation center; a $100,000 expansion of the Industrial Park; $180,000 to develop an equestrian center; along with personal contributions of $200,000 toward restoration of the Wasatch Block Building and $5,000 a year toward beautification and weed removal.
“I would like to personally extend my appreciation to Mayor Blackham for serving the past three years. He has, in my opinion, done a lot for the community,” Councilman Atkinson said.
Jane Banks, city recorder, instructed the council on the statutory guidelines for selecting a new mayor. She said the opening needs to be publicly announced for two weeks. Then a public hearing needs to be held at which the council interviews applicants.
After the interviews, the council must appoint a mayor by public roll call vote. The process may take no longer than 30 days.
Notice of the opening will be published in a local newspaper this week. The council set the public hearing to interview candidates for mayor for June 27, 2017 at 5 p.m.