Voters in Horn Lake’s Ward 1 will be electing new representation on the Board of Aldermen Dec. 12 after the seat held by Amy Lay was vacated by the board during Tuesday’s regular session at City Hall.
Lay informed Mayor Allen Latimer on Monday that she had moved away, making Tuesday’s action necessary due to her resignation.
“It has been a pleasure serving the citizens of the city and working with some of the best of the best in terms of elected officials, department heads and employees,” Lay wrote in her resignation letter. “I have gained a wealth of knowledge in my time here and have established lifelong relationships. I will always be a friend to Horn Lake and hope to one day represent you in a different capacity.”
Board members voted to declare the seat vacant and set the election date to fill the position.
Potential candidates are required to live in Ward 1 and fill out the needed paperwork from the City Clerk’s office, which must be returned to City Hall by Nov. 22 to be placed on the ballot for the special election.
Candidates must also provide petitions with signatures of at least 50 registered voters in the ward.
The Ward 1 polling location is the Goodman Road Baptist Church.
“Amy Lay was a very conscientious alderperson who was willing to voice her opinion about what was needed for Horn Lake and voted her conscience,” Latimer said regarding the now-former member of the board.
Lay served as a member of the Board of Aldermen from 2005 until Tuesday. The Horn Lake High School graduate earned an associate’s degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College and bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.
She currently works in the offices of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Southaven and now lives in Nesbit.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.