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City council appoints interims after Swisher mayor, city clerk resigned

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SWISHER (KWWL) -

The town of Swisher city council decided what to do after the mayor and city clerk suddenly resigned last week.

During the special session Monday night, a Swisher resident handed over a petition for a special election.

"I was nominated and voted in as mayor pro-tem, which I had assumed last Monday night," said Mary Gudenkauf. "We will have a resolution at our December meeting to identify a date, but it looks like it will be the middle of January for that election."

Mary Gudenkauf will fill the mayor's position until that next council meeting in December.

Initially her desire was to serve on a short-term basis until December 1st.

This all comes after former mayor Tim Mason and city clerk Connie Meier resigned during last Monday's council meeting.

There is still no word on why those two resigned, but the council voted unanimously to accept both their resignations, deciding to have Gudenkauf remain as pro-tem and they entered an agreement to have Jim Halversen as interim city clerk.

"Literally just an interim service agreement where we perform administrative functions that are pretty common to a clerks position, said Halversen. 

"I'm not sure who's interested in doing that and I'm not sure whose names we'll see on the ballot, but I did agree tonight to serve temporarily until that time," said Gudenkauf.

Gudenkauf said she will most likely assume the role of mayor until the special election in mid-January.

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