Lacey City Councilman Jeff Gadman, who was appointed Thurston County treasurer last week, announced his resignation to the council Thursday night, effective March 9.
Although he didn’t have to resign, Gadman doesn’t believe one person holding two elected positions could serve either of them effectively. He also is concerned about conflicts of interest because the treasurer handles Lacey money.
“I thank each of you for the wonderful experience,” he told his fellow council members.
Gadman served six years on the council.
The council had to vote to accept his resignation. Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder said he would “very reluctantly approve the resignation.”
“I’m happy for you and your next assignment,” Ryder said.
Before the vote, other council members shared their thoughts about Gadman and his time on the council.
“I’ve never seen anyone more committed to the betterment of this community than you,” Councilman Lenny Greenstein said.
Gadman also thanked City Manager Scott Spence and city staff for helping council members do their jobs.
Thurston County Democrats began a search for a new treasurer when former Treasurer Shawn Myers announced she would leave office to serve as an assistant state treasurer under newly elected Republican state Treasurer Duane Davidson.
Because county treasurer is a partisan position that was held by a Democrat, the Board of Thurston County Commissioners had to choose an appointee from a list of party recommendations. Gadman will serve until November’s election and will then have to be elected to keep the seat.
The party interviewed five candidates Feb. 4 and forwarded the finalists to the commissioners.
Gadman, 55, was one of three candidates interviewed by the Board of Thurston County Commissioners. The other two candidates were Ann Chaudhry and Kevin Pestinger.