Sv Councilor, Town Clerk Resign Suddenly

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In a period of 24 hours Monday, Star Valley lost two sisters. Councilor Nathalie Stroup and Town Clerk Sarah Luckie terminated their careers with the town that has seen two other officials resign in a year.

Former Town Manager Vito Tedeschi and Mayor Chuck Heron both cut ties with the young town, but in contrast to Stroup and Luckie’s departures Monday, both men left explanations for their leaving.

Neither Stroup nor Luckie provided much information for their leaving. Stroup sent the council an e-mail early Monday morning stating she was resigning immediately. Luckie told town hall staff she was resigning Monday as well.

Town Manager Tim Grier said he had no other information relating to the sisters departures and did not know why they had resigned.

Luckie became the town’s clerk shortly after it incorporated in 2005 and has remained its only clerk. Deputy clerk Stephanie Jones will take over for Luckie until Grier decides if a new clerk is needed.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Grier said he has not determined if he will hire a new clerk, but is waiting to see if it is needed.

The sisters are fourth-generation Star Valley residents and have family roots that go back to the late 1800s.

Stroup became a council member in 2008 after initially coming in fourth during the general election. She was later appointed to fill an open seat. She served on the citizens committee that helped draft the town’s original general plan.

The council said it is accepting applications to fill Stroup’s seat from anyone interested. If the council does not fill the vacancy within 30 days, a special election will have to be held to fill the seat.

In other council news:

• Voted unanimously to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the town and Gila County for $5,000 to fund a senior ridership service.

• Adopted a tentative $9.3 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010.

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