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Longtime Lordstown councilwoman resigns

LORDSTOWN — After 25 years of serving the village residents and community, Councilwoman Karen Jones announced she is resigning from council.

Jones told village council on Monday that the meeting would be her last official one, and that council will need to find someone to fill the remaining two years of her current four-year term which expires in December 2021.

Mayor Arno Hill asked Jones to submit her resignation in writing so council can officially act on it at the Dec. 16 meeting.

Hill said council will decide what it wants to do to fill Jones’ position, whether appointing someone or seeking applications or having the mayor making the appointment.

Council has 30 days from accepting the resignation to fill the open council seat.

Jones, who has served as chair of many council committees and has been active in the community, said she is leaving council because of personal reasons and wanting to be spend more time with her family.

Jones asked council to consider candidates who ran in the November general election as possible replacements.

While serving on council, Jones has been very vocal with her concerns about aspects of the TJX HomeGoods project. She also has run for mayor of the village, being defeated by Hill.

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