NEW BOSTON — After 14 years of serving on the Village of New Boston Council, Councilperson Jon Mills has resigned from the village of New Boston Council.
During a Village of New Boston Council Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16, Mills announced his retirement effective directly after the meeting, citing personal financial debt. Mills shared with the council after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) a few years ago and losing his income from a teaching position, he developed a financial burden.
“When I first ran and won this position, I ran on one thing and that was to run on biblical principles,” Mills said to the council. “When I was outback cutting my grass today, I was praying and It just came to me, the commandment ‘Thou shall not bare false witness.’”
Mills shared with the council he had a financial burden he needed to take care of and that the only thing he had left that he could tap into was the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS.)
“As you all know, you can’t be a public employee and tap into your PERS as well, so I’m retiring effective after this meeting tonight, so I can tap into my PERS and take care of this burden,” Mills said.
Mills stated that while he is retiring, it does not mean that residents may never see his name on the ballot again. Mills shared he still plans to be a part of the Village of New Boston and hopes to help in any way that he can despite his retirement.
“It’s definitely not something I want to do, but I got to be a man and step up, take care of this and get it off my back,” Mills said. “If anyone is upset with me, I’m sorry, but it’s something I have to do.”
Mills stated to the council if he was allowed, he would still like to take care of the Christmas parade for the village and would love to volunteer to do it.
“I love Christmas and would love to be a part of that still,” Mills said.
Mills also reflected on his last 14 years as a council member and thanked those who had faith in him as a councilperson.
“Hopefully, I’ll be back and thank you to the people who have allowed me to be here,” Mills said. “It’s something I have to do to take care of something that I need to take care of.”
After Mills addressed the council announcing his retirement, council members shared their best wishes to Mills and reflected on their time spent with him on the council. After an executive session, the Village of New Boston came back into regular session and voted to approve Mills’ resignation.
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