Napoleon City Councilman Travis Sheaffer has submitted a letter of resignation effective Oct. 31.
Sheaffer has been on council for 25 years, but cited time constraints as the reason for his decision now.
“My daily schedule, between my full-time job at the university, my teaching responsibilities and trying to finish up my doctoral program, is so hectic that I feel that I can no longer be an effective leader and give 110% effort to the city,” Sheaffer wrote in his letter.
He first took office in January of 1994. Since he ran as an Independent when he was last elected, council will choose his successor rather than receive a recommendation from a political party. Council will have 30 days from the effective resignation date to make a replacement.
In his letter, Sheaffer said he believes his biggest accomplishments over the years has been aiding in assembling the current city managerial staff, as well as fighting to keep the safety services dispatching staff in place when it was targeted for budget cuts.
He also said he sees other Henry County entities as the current biggest challenge for the city.
“In my opinion, the greatest challenge lying ahead for this council is to tackle and conquer the anti-Napoleon sentiment that the county commissioners and the Henry County Regional Water and Sewer Board have propagated,” Sheaffer wrote. “I hope that for the benefit of the citizens of Henry County and the City of Napoleon that this can be accomplished.”
Sheaffer was not in attendance at Monday night’s regularly scheduled council meeting, but said he plans on attending each of them in October leading up to his resignation.