Lyndon mayor, judge resign for move to Topeka

Lyndon Mayor Kay Jones passes the gavel to Lyndon City Council President Brandon Smith, after the council had accepted Jones’ resignation at the July 15 council meeting.

 

Lyndon Mayor Kay Jones officially submitted her resignation Monday, although her action had been expected since she was reelected as a write-in candidate in April.

Prior to throwing in her hat as a write-in candidate, she warned constituents that she and her husband, Stephen Jones, were planning to move to Topeka in the near future. With no candidates on the ballot, she garnered 55 of the 94 write-in votes cast.

With Monday’s announcement, Kay Jones confirmed the couple would be soon moving to Topeka to take up a “senior lifestyle.”

“As you can imagine, my heart is a little heavy at the prospect of no longer residing within Lyndon’s corporate boundaries, however, Steve and I are also very excited about our move to Topeka – not so very far away,” Jones wrote. “A ‘senior’ lifestyle of no lawn mowing, snow shoveling, etc., is very appealing at this point in our lives.”

While asking the city council to accept her resignation, Jones also asked for approval of her husband’s resignation as municipal judge, a position he had held since 1990.

Judge Jones’ resignation was effective July 18, and in it he noted that the couple’s move to Topeka would remove him from the jurisdiction of the court.

While serving as council president, Kay Jones was appointed as mayor in March 2012 to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Jeff Bronson. Jones had served as a council member since May 2009, but previously had been employed by the city of Lyndon as city clerk, a position from which she retired in 2007. She had been a city employee since 1990.

Presiding over her last meeting July 15, Jones ceremoniously passed her gavel to the current council president, Brandon Smith. Smith will take over as mayor on the effective date of Jones’ resignation, Aug. 2, and will preside over his first council meeting as mayor on Aug. 5.

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