DOVER — Councilman Matthew Lindell announced Monday that he is tendering his resignation from City Council.
While he was not specific on the exact date of his resignation during Monday’s council meeting, he said he and his wife will be selling their house in Dover “in the next couple weeks,” adding that they will be moving out of the 1st District to a farm near his wife’s family a few miles west of Camden-Wyoming.
“I figured it was fitting to just provide my two weeks’ notice to my bosses, which are the citizens of Dover,” he said.
He plans to schedule his resignation a few days before closing on his home, which he said will likely happen Sept. 24 or 25, he added.
“If something falls through, I’ll amend as necessary,” he said. “Stay as long as I can to contribute or be a thorn in someone’s side, depending on your perspective.”
Mayor Robin Christiansen said Tuesday that as soon as Councilman Lindell officially resigns, the city clerk’s office will open a 30-day filing period for those interested in running for the 1st District seat to announce their candidacies.
The election will likely be held within 45 days of the resignation, to make sure council has “full representation,” Mayor Christiansen said.
Councilman Lindell has represented Dover’s 1st District since being elected in May 2017. His current term was set to expire in May 2023. Gerald Rocha also represents that district.
The 1st District covers roughly the western half of the city. There are a total of four voting districts in Dover, with two council members elected per district, as well as one councilperson at large and the mayor, who both represent the entire city.
The mayor and council members typically serve four-year staggered terms.
Councilman Lindell said 2022 would have marked his 10th anniversary as an elected official — he was first elected to the Capital School District board of education in 2012. He served as president of the board for two terms and as vice president for one term.
He thanked the Dover community and said he is “looking forward to living the slower-paced life for a change.”
“I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve,” Councilman Lindell said. “Sometimes, in politics, you know when it’s time to go and move on.”
Council President Roy Sudler thanked him for his hard work.
“Thank you for the input that you have given us throughout the years,” Councilman Sudler said. “We thank you for your service.”
Mayor Christiansen said Tuesday he is sad to see Councilman Lindell go.
“He’s been a great force on the council, and his talents will be missed,” the mayor said.
This story has been updated with additional information.