The “revolving door” that has marked frequent turnover on the Hannibal Board of Public Works Board in recent months spun again Tuesday when Darwin “Dan” Patterson revealed he was moving from Hannibal and thus was resigning his position.

The “revolving door” that has marked frequent turnover on the Hannibal Board of Public Works Board in recent months spun again Tuesday when Darwin “Dan” Patterson revealed he was moving from Hannibal and thus was resigning his position.

“What I'm essentially saying is as of tomorrow (Wednesday, July 26) I'm no longer a Hannibal resident which means I am resigning from the (HBPW) Board as of tomorrow, so I'm outta here,” said Patterson, whose announcement came just before the Board went into closed session.

The most noticeable reaction to Patterson's news came from Bob Stevenson, general manager of the HBPW, who put the palms of his hands against his face and leaned back in his chair.

“I'm sad,” said Stevenson. “I had no idea you were getting ready to leave.”

“You've served us well and the community thanks you,” stated Randy Park, Board president.

Stevenson noted that Patterson's brief tenure on the HBPW Board – he took the oath of office in December 2016 – was by no means boring.

“It's been a ride, huh? It's been a pretty interesting six months,” said Stevenson, referring to water-related controversy.

“It's been fun. It's been 'real,'” he said.

Patterson expressed regret that the city's water woes, which he termed a “toxic issue,” had not been resolved.

“We've run through a lot of issues, water being the biggest deal,” he said. “I'm a little disappointed that we haven't been able to get farther along than what we are with it.

“We've got it separated out and I haven't been able to be here long enough to see it to fruition and get this thing cleared up.”

Controversy, which has dogged the HBPW during Patterson's brief time on the Board, has nothing to do with his return to Arizona, where he had lived before moving to Hannibal.

“Shall we say personal issues have come up,” he said. “We didn't know how long it was going to take to get to this point, but things started snowballing and things went faster than I thought they would.”

Petition participation

A member of Tuesday's audience asked if Patterson would be withdrawing his name from the petition the HBPW recently filed in Marion County Circuit Court that seeks relief from Proposition 1-related deadlines and possible fines it will be subject to come mid August. Before Patterson could respond, James Lemon, intervened.

“I'm certainly not representing you in that, but I'm still the city attorney. That's going to be something he's going to need to consult with the attorney that is actually representing them on that. That would be a legal conclusion,” he said. “It wouldn't be appropriate for him to answer. He needs to ask to his attorney about that.”

Asked when a decision might be made regarding whether or not to keep Patterson's name on the petition, Lemon deferred that to the HBPW Board and its attorney.

“I believe they're meeting with their attorney in closed session so I would presume they would know something, but I wouldn't speak for another lawyer as to when they're going to give an answer. I'm sure it will be a topic of discussion at that meeting,” he said.

Contacted Wednesday regarding the closed session, Stevenson reported “there were no votes taken, only consultation with their attorney which is privileged.”

Patterson filled a vacancy created by the resignation of Betty Anderson, who moved outside the city limits which made her ineligible to serve on the HBPW Board.

Despite just eight months of service, Patterson was not the Board's newest member. That honor goes to Lenny Rosenkranz, who replaced Todd Kendall in June 2017. Kendall was on the board from February 2016 until May 2017.

Tasked with coming up with a replacement for Patterson is City Manager Jeff LaGarce.

“I will have an additional appointment that now needs to be made. It is my intent to appointment somebody the City Council and community will be favorable to,” he said Wednesday morning.

Before joining the HBPW Board, Patterson sought a spot on the City Council. He was one of three people who last year asked to be appointed to fill the Third Ward City Council vacancy created by the resignation of councilman Kevin Lionberger. While garnering strong support from Council members during the Oct. 18, 2016, appointment process, Patterson wound up falling short by a single vote to Melissa Cogdal.

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com