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Hanna resigns from Prescott Council, effective March 27

PRESCOTT - Just five months after three newly elected members joined the ranks of the Prescott City Council in late 2011, the city will be dealing with another vacancy.

At the end of Tuesday's council meeting, Councilman John Hanna used the "board/commission liaison report" portion of the meeting to announce that he would be resigning from the council at the end of March.

Hanna, who had earlier taken out preliminary paperwork for a run for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, said he would resign from the council in order to make his county candidacy official.

"I formed an exploratory committee to see if support was out there," Hanna said, adding that he had since received "overwhelming" feedback from the public for his run for the Board of Supervisors.

State law requires that Hanna resign from the City Council before becoming an official candidate for Board of Supervisors, Assistant City Attorney Matthew Podracky said after the meeting.

Hanna won his seat on the Prescott City Council as the top vote-getter in the 2009 general election. His four-year term was scheduled to expire in the fall of 2013.

If elected to the Board of Supervisors, Hanna said he would work to promote "cohesiveness" between the county and the area municipalities.

Podracky said council members would now face a replacement process similar to the one they went through this past summer after the resignation of Councilwoman Tammy Linn.

After the meeting, Mayor Marlin Kuykendall said the Council Selection Committee likely would begin meeting within the week to work out the details of the replacement process.

Because Hanna was one of the members on that committee, Kuykendall said a new member would have to be appointed. Also on the selection committee are Kuykendall and Councilman Jim Lamerson.

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