During the April 13 City Council meeting, Place 4 City Councilman Tom Burnett officially resigned from his position during a prepared statement. Burnett cited the need to be with his wife, who is in declining health and has been unable to return from her hometown in New Zealand. She has been there since the pandemic started, due to health and travel restrictions.
In his statement, Burnett also stated, “I urge everyone in the City of Bedford to support this current Council and City Manager. I know first-hand that they are working hard for the best interests of every citizen.”
Due to Burnett’s resignation, the City Council will discuss the next steps during the April 27 City Council meeting. Since Bedford City Council members have three-year terms and Councilman Burnett has more than a year left in his term, the City Council will be required to call an election. Until that time, the Council seat will remain vacant.
“Few people understand the time commitment and sacrifices Council members and Mayors have to make to do their job, especially those that are passionate about their community and trying to make positive things happen,” said Bedford Mayor Michael Boyter. “I thank Tom for his dedication to the City of Bedford and know this decision was difficult for him.”