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Granite Shoals Mayor Will Skinner resigned from his position on Thursday, Oct. 6. Skinner cited his impending move outside of the city limits as the reason for his resignation. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
Granite Shoals Mayor Will Skinner resigned his position on Thursday, Oct. 6, citing his impending move out of the city limits as the reason. When councilors next meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, they are expected to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Aaron Garcia as mayor and to name a new mayor pro tem. They have 30 days to decide how to fill the councilor seat left vacant by the resignation.
Per the Granite Shoals city charter, Garcia will finish out the remainder of the current mayoral term, which ends with the May 2023 elections. Garcia will have to run for election alongside other viable candidates if he wants to stay in office. He could also run for a councilor position.
A new mayor pro tem will be chosen at Tuesday’s meeting, but the council will have 30 days to appoint a new councilor to fill Garcia’s Place 2 seat. The newly appointed councilor will serve until the May 2023 elections, at which point, a candidate will be elected to the position.
When asked if he felt prepared for his new role as mayor, Garcia said his experience with the police department, role as a supervisor, and support of his fellow councilors and constituents would make for a smooth transition.
“I think that we need to start moving forward and stop wasting time,” Garcia told DailyTrib.com. “The city is so hungry for change, and that is what we need to do.”