Hannibal City Councilman Dr. Richard Draper is resigning

Midway through his first term as a member of the Hannibal City Council, Sixth Ward Councilman Dr. Richard Draper is resigning. Draper’s formal letter of resignation is scheduled to come up before the Council on Tuesday night, Nov. 6.
In his letter of resignation to Mayor Roy Hark, dated Oct. 30, Draper cites the time demands of his new job as the reason behind his decision.
“As a result of my employment, it is impossible for me to be in Hannibal consistently enough to attend City Council,” wrote Draper, who expressed his “deep regret” for the inconvenience his resignation might bring the city and his constituents.
“It has been a true honor working with you and the rest of the team,” added Draper.
According to city ordinances, a replacement for Draper will be appointed by the Council to serve until the next municipal election, which will be in April 2013. At that time a successor will be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.
City Clerk Angel Vance will present a possible time line for seeking Sixth Ward candidates during Tuesday’s meeting. With the Council’s blessing the first ad would appear Wednesday, Nov. 14. The deadline for interested citizens to sign up for consideration will be Monday, Nov. 26. A candidate forum and the selection would tentatively take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Draper moved to Hannibal in 2006 when he accepted the job of director of emergency services at Hannibal Regional Hospital. He resigned his position with the Hannibal Regional Medical Group last summer.
“In the ensuing four-month period I have endeavored to secure a position that would allow me to remain in Hannibal,” wrote Draper, who has been in attendance at Council meetings a little over 50 percent of the time since May. “I have been able to do that, but am unable to continue the time commitment required for my responsibilities with the city.”
Draper was elected to the Council in April 2011 when he defeated incumbent Jeff Lyng by 121 votes.
This will be the fourth time in four years that the City Council has needed to appoint someone to fill an open Council seat. Most recently it happened in 2010 when James Hark was selected in August 2010 to fill the Fifth Ward vacancy created when Jim Behymer resigned in June of that year. Council appointments were also necessary after the deaths of Jim Dexheimer (2008) and Kyle Wilson (2009).