By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain Mayor Bruce Rosen submitted his letter of resignation from the Iron Mountain City Council on Saturday, indicating that it was effective immediately.
Rosen noted, in his letter to City Manager Jordan Stanchina, that he was resigning due to the purchase of another company that required a "greater amount of my time." He added that he could not "maintain the time and attention necessary to fulfill my duties in the fashion that it deserves."
Rosen recently purchased Photo Offset in Escanaba. He also owns The Form House Inc. and Standard Printing Ltd. in Iron Mountain.
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve and work with you and the City Council. Our numerous accomplishments have been gratifying. The only disappointment in my years of service has been our earnest but failed attempt to consolidate services with Kingsford and the County. Consolidation appears to be the only substantial means by which our taxpayers could see relief," he noted in his letter to Stanchina.
Rosen was first elected to serve on the Iron Mountain City Council in November 2007 - his first four year term. He then was re-elected to the position in 2011, and is currently in the third year of his term.
The council will have to advertise for applicants to fill Rosen's unexpired term until the next election in 2015.
Rosen serves an at-large seat on the Iron Mountain City Council and has been mayor for several years.
Under state law, the council must fill the vacant seat on the city council within 30 days.
This is similar to the process the council went through in December to fill the unexpired term of Dave Farragh who had resigned. Ric Zolner was selected by the council from the applicants to fill the remainder of Farragh's term.
According to city charter, "Any vacancy occurring in any elective office shall be filled, by the concurring vote of at least four members of the Council, within thirty days after such vacancy shall have occurred. The person appointed by the Council shall serve until the next general city election."
"Our city is fortunate to employ hard working, dedicated people, that take pride in the job they do I wish you, the council and the city of Iron Mountain continued success," Rosen added.
Linda Lobeck's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.