Political Notebook

Lindsay council member abruptly resigns

Steve Mecum, who resigned his Lindsay City Council seat
Steve Mecum, who resigned his Lindsay City Council seat

Lindsay Council Member Steve Mecum has resigned after serving less than one term and will not be seeking re-election in November.

Why he resigned may never be known.

City Manager Bill Zigler said Mecum resigned via email effective Tuesday. “No reason was provided,” Zigler said.

Mecum ran for council four years ago and his victory, along with that of Rosaena Sanchez, ousted two longtime council members. They have sometimes been on the losing side of 3-2 votes.

In a bizarre incident two years ago, Lindsay police arrested Mecum after investigating a family dispute about the ownership of a car; he was never charged. Mecum said he produced paperwork showing that he paid for the car.

The election is less than four months away, but because Mecum resigned with more than 90 days to go, the council must appoint “a qualified person to fill the remainder of the term,” the city charter states.

The council will advertise for applicants. Letters of interest and resumes will accepted through Aug. 2. The council then has 30 days to make an appointment.