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Hill resigns from Sylvania city council

Jeremy Hill has announced he will resign as a Sylvania City council member because he has accepted a job at a university in Kansas.

Hill told fellow council members this week that he will become director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.

The city council will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Hill’s four-year term, which ends Dec. 31, and the seat will be filled by the voters in the regular election this fall.

“There will be minimal impact from my resignation and no additional cost to the city,” Hill said in his resignation letter.

The city council must appoint “some qualified citizen” as a replacement “as soon … as possible,” to hold office until the next regular municipal election, the city’s code of ordinances says.

A qualified citizen would have to reside in the city, be 18 or older and not a convicted felon, said Hugh Hunter, city attorney.

Terms also expire at the end of this year for Mayor Pro Tem Preston Dees and Council Member Joette Black, according to City Manager Carter Crawford. Council members are elected at large by all city residents, not in districts.

Hill had served at Georgia Southern as assistant director for the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development and as director of the Coastal Rivers Water Planning and Policy Center.

He said the new position in Kansas is a “great opportunity for my career and my family.”

Hill said he and his family will miss Sylvania and its people. “Sylvania is really a world-class city for its size,” he said. “It provides lots of top-quality services found in medium- to large-sized communities at a cost that is much less.”

Among the major accomplishments Hill said the council has achieved during his tenure is completion of an updated master plan, which should help the city grow and prosper.

His resignation is effective May 8 and he starts work in Kansas on May 15.