FORT MILL — Nathan Blythe resigned from the Fort Mill Town Council on Tuesday because he will be moving outside the ward he represents about 5,000 miles outside his ward.
Blythe and his wife are moving to Hawaii.
Were pretty excited about it, he said. Were going to miss Fort Mill. Weve been here a long time, but were excited to start an adventure out there.
Blythe has represented Ward 1 on the Town Council since 2012. Ward 1 stretches from downtown Fort Mill westward across Interstate 77. He had more than two years remaining on his four-year term.
He moved to Fort Mill in 2000. He works in the insurance business and his wife is a nurse jobs Blythe said allow some flexibility in where they live. They plan to move July 9, and his last day in office will be July 8.
Alan Helms, York Countys deputy elections director, said his office hopes to set dates soon for candidate filing deadlines and a special election to fill the Ward 1 post.
State law requires filing to start at noon on the third Friday after the seat comes open, running 10 days. An election should be held 13 Tuesdays after the resignation notice. That would place the special election in early October.
Candidates must live in Ward 1, but the election is held city-wide.
The entire town will vote for that seat, Helms said.
Blythe believes his biggest accomplishments in his time on the Town Council have been the hiring of a new town manager shortly after he began, and the acquisition of 27 acres for recreational use as part of the Waterside on the Catawba annexation.
That was crucial that we got that space, he said.