Pictured at a Hillsboro City Council meeting are: (l-r) council members Lee Koogler, Wendy Culbreath, Brandon Leeth and Adam Wilkin. Also pictured is council clerk Heather Collins. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Pictured at a Hillsboro City Council meeting are: (l-r) council members Lee Koogler, Wendy Culbreath, Brandon Leeth and Adam Wilkin. Also pictured is council clerk Heather Collins. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)

Council president pro tempore Justin Harsha announced during Monday night’s council meeting that Lee Koogler is resigning as Hillsboro city council president.

In a prepared statement to Harsha, Koogler said: “Due to health issues and family considerations, I formally resign as president of Hillsboro City Council, effective immediately. I consider public service an honor and responsibility of the highest degree. I truly appreciate the trust and support of the citizens of Hillsboro over my years of service. However, at this time, my attention to myself and my family is of greater importance. I hope everyone will respect my desire for privacy at this time, and I will not offer any further public comment.” 

Members of city council voted 7-0 to accept Koogler’s resignation. Harsha thanked Koogler "for everything he's done" for the community.

Koogler was re-elected in November 2017 for a fourth term on city council – the third as council president – with his current term set to expire Dec. 31, 2021. He was first elected to council at large in 2005.

According to the Highland County Board of Elections, for the council president’s seat: In odd-numbered years, “if a vacancy occurs in any of these municipal elective offices more than 40 days before the next general election in an odd-numbered year, a successor shall be chosen at that election to fill the unexpired term, provided the term does not expire within one year from the day of the election.”

Harsha has presided over the February and March council meetings.

Check back to highlandcountypress.com for more on Monday night’s council meeting.

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