Gaylord Z. Thomas resigns from council

Guthrie Vice Mayor Gaylord Z. Thomas has resigned his city council post. The announcement comes several months after being approved by the council.

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The Ward III representative submitted his resignation on Nov. 30 to Mayor Steve Gentling. In the letter, Thomas states the resignation is due to personal reasons.

“I wish you and the other members of the Council the best of luck as you continue to advance the needs of our community,” Thomas said in the letter.

The council will vote to formally accept the resignation at the next council meeting on Tuesday, according to City Manager Leroy Alsup.

Thomas was appointed to the council this year on Jan. 15 following the resignation of then Councilman Jason Smedley, who resigned on Nov. 6, 2018.

In 2017, Smedley defeated Thomas in an election decided by nine votes (54-45).

Previous to 2017, Thomas was elected twice and served on the council from 2009 to 2017.

The City will soon begin seeking applications to fill the void. The council shall select, by an affirmative vote of at least four members, an eligible person to fill the vacancy.

Thomas is the sixth sitting council member to resign since 2011.

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