The latest meeting of the Ely City Council on Dec. 11 began with the announcement that former city councilman Randy Lee had resigned his position, effective immediately. Ely Mayor Melody Van Camp read a letter of resignation written by Lee, who was not in attendance for the meeting, at the beginning of the meeting before public comment.

Lee’s letter of resignation was not the only one accepted by the council during the meeting at the new County Pool. City Attorney Richard Sears also submitted his letter of resignation to the council, which was approved by a 3-1 vote, with Dale Derbidge being the sole “no” vote. Derbidge said he didn’t want to accept Sears’ resignation because he thought he had done a great job for the city.

Sears’ resignation comes just two months after he was criticized by Chief Justice Robert Rose during a preliminary injunction court hearing for a lawsuit filed against the council by the Railroad Management Board. Sears’ resignation is set to become effective on Jan. 5, though the council agreed to keep him on as the city’s

until they can find a replacement.