Paw Paw mayor, councilwoman resign

by Kate Shunney

Paw Paw’s elected mayor Tim Mose resigned from his post on Monday, November 5. Mose sent an email message out to town officials shortly after 9:30 a.m. last Monday announcing he would step down.

“Due to health concerns, effective close of business today, I must resign as mayor of the town of Paw Paw. Tina Meyers will assume the role as Mayor,” the email said.

According to a printout of emails to town officials, Mose’s resignation was followed a few minutes later by an email from councilwoman Betty Jo Henry that read, “Effective immediately I am resigning as council person for the town of Paw Paw.”

Mose and Henry reside at the same address in Paw Paw, according to election information.

Both won town seats in the June 2017 municipal election. Mose was elected to a four-year term as mayor with 36 votes. Henry was elected to a two-year term as council member with 47 votes.

At a Paw Paw council meeting last Tuesday, November 6, town officials briefly touched on the resignations and discussed what procedure they would follow to find replacements for the two council members. Town officials went into closed session to discuss the resignations further.

Town Recorder Tina Meyers conducted the November 6 town meeting and was referred to as the Acting Mayor.

In an interview later, councilman Earl Meyers Jr. said town officials will hold a special meeting this month to discuss nominations of town residents to the council. He said they hope to fill the seats before the December 4 regular meeting.

Meyers said state election officials suggested that council members look at candidates from the June 2017 election as possible nominees to the council.

Meyers said council members would also listen to any town residents who express an interest in serving on the municipal council. The date of the special town council meeting hasn’t been set.

Current members of the Paw Paw council are: Recorder Tina Meyers, council members Earl Meyers, Karen Braithwaite, Carol Morrison and Seth Corbett.

The next Paw Paw election, for all five council seats, will be held in June 2019.