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John Stewart, who has served as a city council member for three and a half years, has resigned, just shy of finishing his second term.
Stewart lived within the city limits for most of his life. He bought a house out in the county, and has been living there for nearly three weeks. His resignation became effective on Aug. 11.
“I will miss being a city councilmen,” said Stewart, “It was a good diverse group of people and I enjoyed doing what I could for the people. I feel privileged to have been able to work for the city of Owenton, and I‘d like to thank everyone that voted for me. I‘ve appreciated everyone‘s support.”
When asked about running for a county position in the future, Stewart stated that “it may be premature, but not out of the question.”
“I certainly enjoyed working with him, he always had Owenton’s best interest at heart and he was very conscious of what was going on. I’m certainly going to miss him” said council member Doris Ann Riley.
“He became one of the best city council members we’ve had in my opinion. He wanted to look at any situation to see what was best and what was right for the city, I hate to see him leave,” said Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier
The vacant position has yet to be filled. According to a city ordinance, the position must be filled within 30 days.
“It’s going to be a hard call,” said Wotier. “We’re working to get the position filled now with the help and advice of the city attorney.”