Milford City Mayor Lou Bishop has resigned.
Mayor Bishop stepped down from the mayoral post at the city’s regular council meeting Dec. 19, a full year before his term was to expire.
“I just want more personal time,” he said to explain the surprise announcement. “I am 66 years old and I would spend about 15 hours a week serving as mayor.”
Bishop started working for the city upon his election to city council in 1996; he served as councilman and vice-mayor before being elected as city mayor in 2004.
He is very proud of the work that he and current council accomplished but feels that the time has come to step down and let the newer people come in.
“I have been doing this for 11 years,” Bishop said. “I tried to be a very proactive mayor in accomplishing as much for the residents of Milford as possible, but acting mayors need more time and commitment than I can give to the post.”
"I am retiring as mayor, but I have a full-time job that demands much of my time," he said. "I will find some way to stay active and, in some capacity, serve the Milford community."
Vice Mayor Kim McBeath will be sworn in as Milford's new mayor at the city's regular 7 p.m. council meeting Jan. 2.
To fill McBeath's vacant spot on city council, current members will appoint a Milford citizen.
Milford City Manager Loretta Rokey said that anyone interested in serving on city council should send a resume to City Manager, Suite 200, City Hall, 745 Center Street, Milford, Ohio, 45150-1300.