Perry council member to retire Dec. 31

PERRY— City Councilman James Moore announced his plans to retire from his Post 2, District 2 seat during Thursday’s regular City Council meeting. He will serve until Dec. 31.

Moore, who has served on City Council for nearly 19 years, said added responsibilities at his job led to the decision. In March, Moore was promoted to environmental health, safety and security manager for the eastern region at Crop Production Services, an agricultural and chemical fertilizer company. The job has required Moore to travel a lot.

“I don’t think it’s fair to the mayor and council, as well as the citizens, if I can’t be here to attend the meetings,” Moore said.

The person who will fill the remaining two years of Moore’s term will be selected during the November election where the seats of Mayor James Worrall and City Council members Charles Lewis, Joe Kusar and Phyllis Bynum-Grace are also up for grabs. Qualifying for the nonpartisan positions should begin in late August, city manager Lee Gilmour said.

Mayor James Worrall said he was sad to see Moore leave City Council. But he noted that the position requires a lot of responding to citizens’ letters and e-mails, which have increased in recent years.

“Things have gotten more complicated,” Worrall said. “He has done a magnificent job of staying on top of things.”

To contact writer Natasha Smith, call 923-3109, extension 236.