Cold Spring Now Without Mayor, Administrator, Attorney, Permanent Police Chief
Cold Spring Mayor Nancy Bay resigned on Tuesday, just four months after being elected, a period in which she fired the police chief, the city administrator, and the city attorney,
In an email to members of council, Bay said she wrote with "sadness and humility" and called the decision "difficult" but "one I made for the good of our city and the residents".
"I wasn't expecting this," said Councilman Adam Sandfoss when reached by The River City News on Tuesday. "We had a budget meeting just last week and din't have any feelings this was coming."
Bay's abrupt departure comes five days after the resignation of her preferred city attorney Cameron Blau who replaced Brandon Voelker after the new mayor fired him shortly after taking office in January. She also fired part-time city administrator Steve Taylor and Police Chief Ed Burk.
Now all four positions are either empty are filled by an interim placeholder.
"We had disputes in the past, multiple disagreements about how she was managing and her vision for the city but I didn't think she was going to resign," Sandfoss said.
The councilman said that while there are some vacancies in key positions that the city will continue to operate functionally, 24-7. "The city is still going to run very well," he said.
When a mayor resigns, the city's legislative body has to accept the resignation and then appoint a replacement within thirty days or the responsibility falls to the governor.
"We will be meeting very shortly to address this," Sandfoss said about his fellow council members.
This story will be updated when more information is learned.
Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Nancy Bay (via Cold Spring's website)