Marathon City Councilwoman Ginger Snead, in the middle of her third two-year term on the dais, abruptly resigned at the close of Tuesday's council meeting.
Snead did not cite specific reasons for her resignation, but did say she doesn't care for rumors.
"I sat up here a month ago and made a comment that I don't like rumors. However, I must be the scariest person on earth because no one comes to me with the rumors," she said.
Snead was referring to her statement during council comments at the close of the Feb. 11 council meeting. She announced then that she would be closing her physical-therapy practice as of March 14.
"I don't know what I'm going to do. It's time for a change and there's a lot of opportunities out there," she said on the 11th.
Tuesday, Snead said she was referring to rumors about her applying to be city manager (Mike Puto is acting city manager following the resignation of Roger Hernstadt). But she first read her resignation letter into the record and passed out copies to fellow council members and the city clerk.
"Dear Mayor, Council, Managers and Staff,
"This will serve as my official letter of resignation as City Councilmember for the city of Marathon.
"Staff -- thank you for your service. You have each been a joy to work with, your professionalism and attention to the task at hand is greatly appreciated.
"Residents -- thank you for your support and confidence. It has been an honor and a blessing to serve you for 5 and 1/2 years.
Following the meeting, she declined comment, saying she is now a private citizen.
Resignation from elected bodies in the Keys is rare. But in November 2010, Islamorada Village Councilman Bob Johnson resigned, following Mayor Cathi Hill, who resigned in July 2009. In 2006, current Monroe County Commissioner David Rice resigned in his first go-around on the board to make an unsuccessful bid for the state House.
Mayor Dick Ramsay said he met Wednesday morning with City Attorney John Herin and Puto to talk about how Snead would be replaced.
"On the next agenda will come up a conversation on how the council wants to proceed to replace Ginger," Ramsay said, referring to the March 11 council meeting.
Ramsay said Herin told him the most commonly used methods are for council members to put names forward and appoint a replacement with "at least a 3-1 vote" or take applications and choose from that pool.
Ramsay added that if or when a replacement is chosen, "that person can in fact run for that seat" in November. The council member would also have the right to make his or her own appointments to various advisory city committees and commissions.