Michael Hudson resigns from Elberta council, seat declared vacant


ELBERTA - Former Mayor Pro-tem Michael Hudson participated in his final Elberta Town Council on Tue., Sept. 17, during which his formal resignation was accepted by the council and his seat was declared vacant. His resignation comes after serving two terms on the council.

“It’s been fun working with everyone,” said Hudson. “It’s been interesting and I’m going to miss it … It’s very humbling to serve and represent the people. It’s not what I thought it was going to be, but I have learned a lot and that knowledge will go with me everywhere that I go.”

Councilmember Steve Kirkpatrick was appointed as mayor pro-tem in place of Hudson for the duration of the term, and councilmember Alma Doege was appointed to the Personnel Committee.

Hudson’s resignation comes after his announcement that his family will be moving to a property located outside of the town limits. If not for the location falling outside of Elberta, Hudson states he would have remained for the duration of the term.

“It made it easier for me to become mayor knowing Michael would be here,” Hamby said. “One of the positive things during the last administration was to try to develop a budget, which was in a stasis form. Michael has taken the budget to the next level, and I’m really appreciative of him for that. He’s done an excellent job for the town.”

The resignation has left a seat vacant on the council, and letters of interest for those who wish to fill the position for the remainder of the term are being accepted now through Tue., Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m. The council will then review the letters of interest prior to the Oct. council and nominate a pool of top candidates for the position. If they are ready during council each councilmember will have the chance to voice their nomination for appointment. The appointment will be decided by majority vote. The town’s attorney states that this could be resolved in one vote or may spill into multiple votes if no agreement is reached, as long as a new councilmember is appointed within a reasonable time. Anyone interested in serving on the council must live in the corporate limits of Elberta.

Letters of interest can be mailed to the Town of Elberta at P.O. Box 277, Elberta, AL 36530 or dropped off at Town Hall (13052 Main Street). For questions, call Town Hall at 251-986-5995.