Alderman resigns from Pass board
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 19, 2013, 17:40
Ward IV Alderman Huey Bang submitted a letter to Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott on Feb. 7 stating his resignation is due to family obligations.
The Timber Ridge representative has held the position for seven years and also works as a court reporter for multiple counties in South Mississippi.
Bang decided last year not to seek re-election, he said Tuesday.
"The timing of my resignation is simply a coincidence.
"I have two young teenage boys that are very active and I see my time as being best spent with them," he said.
Bang said that the decision is totally about his family, "I've missed out on a lot over the past years and I don't want to hear about their days anymore; I want to be there to see for myself," he said.
"I have great relationships with both the mayor and the board," he said, "there are no hard feelings, it's just time to put family first."
Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott said he hates to see Bang go: "I was hoping he wouldn't, but it is what it is," he said Tuesday.
"He has been a very good alderman and this is a loss to the city administration and the city itself," McDermott said, "but I respect his commitment to his family."
Currently, the only candidate to qualify for Ward IV alderman is Victor Pickich.
The municipal elections are set for June 4 and the qualifying deadline is March 8.
Under state law, the position does not have to be filled immediately because it occurred within six months prior to an election. McDermott said that no decisions are being made at this time to fill the position. McDermott said he is waiting until the qualifying deadline to make a move: "We are going to sit on this until March 8, and if it is needed, we will have a lot of options after then," he said.