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Langley City Councilwoman Jerome officially resigns

Langley City Councilwoman Margot Jerome had a short term in office.

She was elected in November 2013, sworn into office in January this year, and will be out of the position and out of the state by June. Jerome officially submitted her resignation, which was “begrudgingly” approved by a 4-0 vote of her fellow council members; she abstained from the vote.

Jerome resigned because her husband, former Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Chris Jerome, took a job in North Carolina.

The city will post the position for applicants Saturday, April 12 and will keep it open until May 12. After reviewing applicants, the city council will appoint someone to fill out part of her term until the next election.

Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy said the city will honor Jerome for her short, but “important” work in economic development and city leadership near the end of her service in May or June. Council members took a brief opportunity to express their regret at losing Jerome, one of the organizers of the Langley forums in late 2013 that spawned the monthly meetings in the city to address economic growth and revitalization hosted by the mayor.

“I can say as a neighbor, the neighborhood is really gonna miss you,” said Councilman Jim Sundberg.

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