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Pierce resigns from city council

Nisswa City Council member Jan Pierce resigned her council seat Monday, Feb. 24.

“Truthfully, I have a moral and philosophical disagreement with the direction that the leadership is taking, or not taking, and I can’t support what the city council’s doing any longer, period,” Pierce said by phone Wednesday, Feb. 26.

“I love this city and this is one of the hardest decisions I’ve made,” she said.

Pierce declined to elaborate further or to more clearly identify what she meant by “leadership” and what the council is doing.

She said her resignation was effective Friday, Feb. 21.

Pierce was appointed to the council in December 2011 to fulfill the term of Harold Kraus, who had resigned his council seat. She was elected in 2012, and her current term expires at the end of 2016.

The vacancy will be declared at the March 19 council meeting. The council could appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the November election, and then whoever wins a special election for the seat in November would serve for the remaining two years.

Pierce was liaison to the city’s planning and zoning commission.

She was serving as vice chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission when she was appointed to the council, having been appointed to that commission as an alternate in 2008 and as a permanent member in early 2009.

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