Tim Ealy

PRINCETON — The first meeting of the Princeton City Council for 2020 was proceeding rather quickly and routinely Monday night at the Princeton Municipal Building but a twist at the end of the meeting saw Vice Mayor Tim Ealy resign from Council.

Ealy, who has served for 10 1/2 years on City Council including three years as Mayor and 2 1/2 years as Vice Mayor, said, "It's just time to go. My wife is retiring from her job and I want to spend more time with her and the family. I also want to take care of my health. "

Among the initiatives that he was involved in while on Council were the monthly "cruise-ins" during the warmer months; working for a traffic signal at the intersection of Rogers and Locust streets; and the successful effort to relocate city business offices to the Dean Company building, a building purchased during his time on Council.

In his remarks, Ealy thanked his fellow Council members, in particular Councilman Jim Harvey, who served as his Vice Mayor, and the city's employees.

Mayor David Graham said Ealy served the city well and wished him the best in the future, a sentiment shared by the other Council members.

City Clerk Ken Clay said the City Council would have to select an eligible voter in Ward IV, the ward Ealy served, to take his place on Council and Graham would have to name a new Vice Mayor. Said Council member would serve until the end of the term on June 30, 2021.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com.

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