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What's Next for Swisher

SWISHER, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -  It quickly turned into standing room only at the tiny city hall council chambers in Swisher as people came to find out why Mayor Tim Mason and City Clerk Connie Meier both abruptly resigned one week ago.  With a county deputy standing by the door the thee dozen or so residents listened politely as the five council members voted unanimously to accept the resignations, moved toward holding an election to replace the mayor and then appointed the H.R. Green company to take over duties until a new city clerk is hired.  The entire meeting lasted 23 minutes, leaving longtime Swisher resident Daryl Hynek wondering why he came. " Well I was kinda curious why the mayor and clerk resigned what did you find out .. absolutely nothing and .. there wasn't anything on the agenda where the public could even address anything.  " The council didn't offer any mention of why the mayor quit and none of the five members on the council wanted to be appointed to fill out the rest of his term.  Each voiced concerns about how busy they are with businesses or other issues and just don't have the time.  Council member Sandy Flutes says it wouldn't be fair.   " I want to do what's best for the city .. and i The didn't offer any mention of why the mayor quit and none of the five members on the council wanted to be appointed to fill out the rest of his term.  Each voiced concerns about how busy they are with businesses or other issues and just don't have the time.  Council member Sandy Flutes says it wouldn't be fair.   " I want to do what's best for the city .. and i don't think i would be doing the best for the city at this time."    But Deputy Fire Chief Eugene Beard made that a moot point.  He presented enough petition signatures to force the Swisher council to call a special election to fill the mayor's seat.  He says he has an idea of what's going on with small town politics and wants voters to sort out the mystery.  " I got  an inkling - but i can't say for sure  -- i don't feel the people who caused the problem should be the ones to appoint the next mayor. " Some city council members say they don't know if the reason for Mason and Meier's resignations will ever be publicly disclosed and for now they only want to focus on the future of their community.  The council meets again December 9th and hopes to set a special election for sometime in mid January.  In the meantime, city council member Mary Gudenkauf will take over the duties as mayor of Swisher.
 
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