North Bay Village Commissioner Wendy Duvall has announced her resignation effective Nov. 18.
In a letter to Village Clerk Yvonne Hamilton dated Oct. 18, Duvall discussed her intention to step down.
“It has been a long and difficult decision, but I feel that it is time that I tender my resignation as Treasure Island Commissioner for North Bay Village,” she wrote. “I understand that my term is set to run until November 2016, but due to my demanding schedule, I feel it is time for me to step down.”
Duvall has one year left of her four-year term.
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Under the village charter, the commission has 30 days to appoint a replacement who will serve the remainder of Duvall’s term. If a new commissioner is not chosen by then, the village must then hold a special election.
The village commission will consider appointing a replacement at its next meeting on Dec. 8.
Interested applicants need to provide the following to the clerk:
▪ Driver license
▪ Voter registration card
▪ Proof of at least one year of residency on Treasure Island
▪ A letter of intent
On Thursday, Commissioner Richard Chervony said Duvall, a professional tax preparer, has been a good commissioner.
“She has a financial background. She brought that balance to the dais,” he said. “Anytime we were discussing budgets, she was very influential. We looked at her for the guidance.”
Chervony said he wants to choose someone who intends to run for the seat in a year.
“I don't want a temporary replacement,” he said. “I'd love it to be a person who not only wants do it for 12 months, but someone who wants to continue for four more years.”
The resignation came as a surprise to Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps, who said she'll miss Duvall and wishes her well.
The mayor said she wants someone who’s objective and cares about the small community in North Bay Village.
“I’m confident that we're going to have a resident that will be dedicated to the village,” she said.
Duvall could not be reached for comment.