Council unsure as to who will step in
It’s unclear who will take over as mayor for the village of Marvin, after John Ciaramella’s sudden departure. During the village’s meeting Tuesday, Nov. 9, Ciaramella addressed the crowd right after the Pledge of Allegiance, saying he was leaving his post for personal reasons.
He turned over the gavel to Mayor Pro Tem Nick Dispenziere and then left, putting an end to a six year tenure and leaving village officials wondering who should be in charge.
“We didn’t know this was coming, ” councilman Ron Salimao said. “We had a meeting just an hour before, where he told us he was resigning. He didn’t say why, just the same thing he mentioned to the public, that it was for personal reasons.”
Ciaramella had not responded to attempts to contact him by presstime.
The mayor’s absences from council meetings had long been an issue of debate in the village, emerging as one of the central points of the 2009 campaign. On the village website, under the council page, an attendance roster is updated, detailing each council member’s attendance record. Since taking over for his second term in December 2009, Ciaramella had made it to 39.47 percent of the meetings. While he did attend two meetings in October, Ciaramella had missed seven in a row before that, stretching back to August.
“I assume the resignation was effective right after the meeting, because he didn’t tell us otherwise, ” Salimao said. “Now comes the process to determine who will take that job and also what to do with the open council seat it creates.”
In Marvin, the mayor pro tem doesn’t automatically assume the mayor’s job after a resignation. Instead, the council picks the replacement to finish the term. Then the board appoints a resident to serve on council, until the next election.
“Once we settle on who will be mayor, we’ll start requesting applications from people who want to serve on the board, ” Salimao said. While he hopes the process will occur quickly, the board has no timetable.