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Wanted: New Easton City Council member

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 27 2014 09:48:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2014 04:31:41 AM CDT
Council member Jeffrey Warren, second from right.
EASTON, Pa. -

A seat on Easton City Council will soon be vacant in the wake of a surprise announcement at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

Council member Jeffrey Warren said he will be resigning effective Sept. 12.

Warren, a Democrat, said he had sold his College Hill home and was looking for a new home outside the city.

He said he was making the move for his family, particularly his daughters, who are 3-year-old  dentical twins.

“We wanted to stay in the city,” Warren said. “But we couldn’t find what we wanted for the children,” he said. “It all comes down to the house.”

Warren, who said he had been trying to sell the home since March, will attend one final council meeting before leaving office.

He has served on council for more than 6.5 years. He was first elected to a four-year term in 2007.

Council will begin looking for a replacement in the next few days through advertisements, telling city residents that council will conduct interviews Oct. 7.

A decision could be made as early as Oct. 8, Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said.

The vacancy is an “at large seat,” meaning anyone in the city is eligible, as long as they are a registered voter and have lived in the city at least a year.

Whoever is selected would essentially be filling out the remaining 14.5 months of Warren’s term and would then have to run for office to hold the position.