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Harvard alderman stepping down

HARVARD – The City Council will accept the resignation of longtime Ward 4 Alderman Darrell Perkins tonight.

The representative’s seat was up for re-election in 2015. Perkins didn’t include a reason for stepping down when he submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Jay Nolan on Feb. 8, effective immediately.

“Right now he wants to keep that under hat, so I’m going to respect his wishes,” Nolan said.

“There’s no problem with it,” he added. “He’s fine. Everything’s good.”

Nolan and Ward 2 Alderman Phil Ulmer said Perkins had been on the council at least 10 years. Perkins didn’t return calls Monday seeking comment.

“He’s a good peer,” Ulmer said. “I think he did a really good job.”

Nolan now will begin seeking applicants from Harvard’s Ward 4. He has six months to fill the position, he said.

“I’ll have to go out for that,” Nolan said. “I need to put the feelers out there.”

Perkins ran unopposed in his last two elections in Ward 4, which is situated in the southwest corner of the city.

That has been a trend in Harvard. This year, incumbents are running unopposed in three of the four elections for council seats.

“It’s not easy to get people to run,” Ulmer said.

Ulmer, who is running unopposed in the April election, said he didn’t remember any other council members stepping down mid-term.

Ulmer is seeking his third term this spring. He said Perkins’ experience will be missed.

“I’m sure the reasons he had are good reasons, and we’ll go from there,” he said.

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