By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS - Iron County Commissioner Bev Camp has announced that she will resign on Jan. 1, due to illness.
In a letter submitted to the Iron County Board of Commissioners at the board's Thursday meeting, Camp said that her illness prevents her from carrying out her duties to the fullest, causing an unnecessary burden on the other commissioners.
Also in the letter, Camp recommended Crystal Falls Township resident Tim Aho as a possible replacement.
Camp represents District 5, which covers the townships of Crystal Falls, Mansfield, and Hematite. She first took her seat in January 2011, and had won re-election for another term to run through 2014.
Iron County Administrator Sue Clisch said that the board has 30 days to appoint someone to complete Camp's term. However, since the resignation will occur in an odd year, a special election for the seat will have to be held at some point, she added.
With Camp's resignation, there will only be one incumbent commissioner returning to the Iron County Board in 2013 - Carl Lind.
Other commissioners who will not be returning include: Wayne Wales, who lost the August primary election and November general election to Patti Peretto; Rosalie King, who lost the November general election to Ray Coates; and Fran Wills, who did not seek re-election. Jim Brennan will take over Wills' seat.
The new board will be seated at an organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
In other business, the board:
- Approved a land exchange request from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding parcels in Bewabic State Park. The DNR will exchange some existing park land that is difficult for the public to access for some privately owned land that has lake frontage and public recreation opportunities.
- Released accumulated benefits to former Iron County Deputy Register of Deeds Sharon Gagnea, who retired earlier this month.
- Tabled releasing accumulated benefits to Iron County Deputy Treasurer Melanie Camps and senior accounting clerk Joetta Greig, who will both be moving to elected positions in 2013.
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