Longtime Mineral councilman resigns

Dr. William Thomas

Dr. William Thomas, a longtime member of the Mineral Town Council, has resigned. Council officially accepted his resignation at their July 12 meeting. Thomas served on the town council since 2004 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Jean Blankenship. He also previously served Louisa County as the superintendent of schools.

Prior to the meeting, council received letters from two citizens expressing interest in filling Thomas’s seat: Tony Henshaw and Ronald Chapman. Ed Jarvis moved to appoint Henshaw, citing his many years of service with the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department and as a member of the town’s planning commission. 

David Lawson seconded the motion, calling Henshaw “the best man for the job.” The motion passed 4-0-1, with Ed Kube abstaining. Kube argued that, now that Thomas’s resignation was public, the town should advertise the open seat to allow other interested citizens who did not have prior knowledge of the vacancy to submit letters outlining their qualifications.

Henshaw said he is “excited and nervous at the same time” about serving on the town council.

“I’m ready to serve,” he said. “I’m ready to make a difference ... I enjoy giving back to the community. Hopefully, I can help the town and make good decisions to help the town carry on.”

Thomas could not be reached for comment.

Also at the meeting, Jarvis nominated Tommy Runnett to be the town’s new vice-mayor. The position was left vacant when Michael Warlick resigned from the council in June. Lawson seconded the nomination and all council members voted in favor.

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