by Ivan Foley
Bill Knighton has resigned his position as alderman for Ward 1 in Platte City.
Knighton submitted his resignation Wednesday morning. In a letter addressed to "City of Platte City," Knighton wrote:
"As of May 9, 2007 at 8 a.m. this is notice of my resignation as alderman of Ward 1.
"Due to Jody (his wife) and I wanting to sell our house and relocate outside of the city limits of Platte City. This period of notice will allow a replacement to be appointed to complete my term.
"Best regards to the city staff and employees in the future as it has been an honor to serve both you and our citizens."
Knighton's term will expire in 2008. His early exit sets up a potentially interesting clash, as the mayor, Dave Brooks, has the right to appoint a replacement but that appointment must receive the approval of the board of aldermen. The aldermen and mayor have been at odds over some of the mayor's most recent attempted appointees to various boards and committees, with the aldermen rejecting several of the mayor's possibilities.
Knighton was first elected without opposition in 2002. In 2004 he was reelected over Tom Marquis. In 2006 he was elected unopposed for a third term.
Knighton was the last remaining board member who was a political ally of Brooks. Three others--Lee Roy Van Lew, George McClintock and Jim Palmer--were handily defeated in the April election.
Newly-elected board members Ron Stone, Andy Stanton and Todd Sloan have generally sided with second-year board members Aaron Jung and Kenneth Brown on many issues since being elected.