PITTSBURG —  Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson has resigned his position on the Pittsburg City Commission, following his election to the Crawford County commission.

Johnson’s resignation is effective Dec. 21.
“I’ve enjoyed serving with him,” Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall said. “He’s a great advocate for the city, has a ton of energy, is easy to work with and has been extremely supportive to the staff, which I can't say enough about.”

According to a release from the city, people interested in being considered to fill the unexpired term vacated by Commissioner Johnson are asked to complete and submit an application no later than noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Applications can be obtained at the Pittsburg City Clerk’s Office located in city hall, 201 West 4th Street, Pittsburg, or online at the city’s website, www.pittks.org. The term will expire in January of 2020.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting City Clerk Tammy Nagel at 620-231-4100, ext. 5532.  

People interested in becoming a commissioner are welcomed to come to the Dec. 11 meeting to talk for three to five minutes before the commissioners, Hall said.

The public is invited to attend a reception honoring outgoing Mayor Johnson at 5 p.m. before the Dec. 11 meeting in the City Commission Room, located at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center at 201 North Pine St.

At the first commission meeting in January the commission will appoint the new commissioner.

How Pittsburg mayors are selected

How the mayor is selected is based on the form of government the community has adopted.
Several communities have a “strong mayor” who is directly elected by the community.

The five city commissioners appoint a commissioner as mayor every year. Seats for commissioner last four years and seats for the mayor is a one year term.

Pittsburg has a commission form of government where the mayor and commission appoint a city manager, who in turn is over the daily operation of the city.

Hall said they mayor has a unique role in Pittsburg — including proclamations, signing actions and ordinances that pass, take lead of evaluation of the city manager and is the point person for the electives at the city level.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.