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Joplin Council Accepts Joshua Bard's Resignation

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    The Joplin City Council held a special session to accept the resignation of councilman Joshua Bard this evening.
    Bard previously turned in his resignation last week - after a state statute was brought to light, saying - he couldn't serve on the council because of previous felony convictions.
    But Bard later rescinded that resignation.
    However, this week, he decided to officially resign.
    As for filling Bard's vacancy, Joplin's mayor says - there is a procedure in place.
Gary Shaw, Joplin Mayor:  "What we've done in the past is we've had a period of time, maybe 10 to 14 days where we allow the public to know that we do have a vacancy and anyone that's interested in applying for that can come in and fill out an application and then normally when we get the applications, the procedure we followed last time, was that we invited them to come in, gave them each 5 minutes to make a presentation to the council.">

    Mayor Shaw says - there isn't a time limit to fill Bard's seat.
    However, they hope to start accepting applications at the next council meeting.

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