REEDSPORT — Frank Barth Jr. has resigned from the Reedsport City Council.
In a one sentence statement to city officials, Barth Jr. stated the following in his Dec. 27, 2017, letter.
"I Frank Barth Jr. resign any and all positions held with City of Reedsport effective immediately," the councilor wrote.
Barth Jr., who graduated from Reedsport High School, provided no reasons in his letter.
According to the city website, he was in his second term from the years of 2017 to 2020. Barth Jr. spent a number of years working in the hardware business according to the site and enjoyed gardening. One of his passions is the Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Championship, which remains a key tourist draw to the Reedsport-Winchester Bay area. Over the years, Barth Jr. has been highly involved in mentoring youth through the area Boy Scout troop.
At the city level, he's served on the budget committee, the traffic safety committee and the board of directors for the Main Street Committee.
Barth Jr. could not be reached by deadline for comment and neither could Mayor Linda McCollum.
However longtime Reedsport resident DeeDee Murphy spoke of him and her friendship with him.
"It came as a total shock to me," Murphy said of Barth Jr.'s resignation letter. City Manager Jonathan Wright sent an email to all councilors Friday, Dec. 29, letting them know of the resignation.
"I've known him for years," she said of the councilor. "He used to help me when I used to go into Ace Hardware. I'm not a handy dandy person."
But she said "this would go well with this."
"Even though I've lived here for 25 years I still didn't know all the historical information about all the properties," she said, adding that she found Barth Jr. to be highly informed about the history of the Reedsport area.
"I wish he'd reconsider resigning," she said.
Wright provided councilors a notice of a vacancy, which they were scheduled to take up at their Jan. 8 meeting.
In the city document, Wright explained that "according to the Reedsport city charter, upon receiving a resignation the city council shall declare a vacancy."
Vacancies in city government are filled by councilors "if the unexpired term is greater than six months," Wright wrote.
He explained that Barth's term lasts through 2020 and thus councilors will need to "direct staff to advertise the vacancy and accept applications for the position."