Newark mayor resigns — council offers little details

By Reece Waddell | Published Thursday, June 21, 2018.
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The Newark City Council accepted Mayor Gary Van Wagner’s resignation Thursday night after spending nearly half an hour in executive session.

Council members went behind closed doors at 7:54 p.m. and emerged at 8:22. Mayor Pro Tem Mark Wondolowski told citizens the council had opted not to fill the vacant mayor position and no changes would be made to the city council.

Wondolowski said as Mayor Pro Tem, he would continue to preside over the council.

“For an unspecified time, the mayor position will remain open,” Wondolowski told the public.

Wondolowski told the Messenger after the meeting the council was not in a position to sign a mayor.

Details surrounding Van Wagner’s resignation were not released. Van Wagner’s resignation letter was also not immediately made available.

Wondolowski said the council does not have a timeline of when Van Wagner’s replacement will be named.

“That would be something you would probably have to ask him,” said Wondolowski when asked why Van Wagner resigned.

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