GALLIPOLIS — During a Gallipolis City Commission meeting Tuesday night, commission president Steven Wallis announced that commission vice-president Jay Cremeens resigned from his position.
“I received a notice here to the commission that I’m going to read to you (commission attendants),” said Wallis. “With more hours required of me to my family business, I find it more difficult to devote the necessary time to address the challenges, new projects, budget studies, revenue issues, etc., that the commission will undertake in upcoming months. And as thus, I find myself having to step down as a commissioner. Please accept my resignation effective Sept. 1, 2015. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of such a fine, hard-working team. Respectfully, James J. Cremeens.”
Wallis then spoke to commission members and asked if they wanted to address the issue of appointing a new commission member that evening, as well as the appointment of a new vice-president.
“We have 10 days to replace a seat when it opens up,” Wallis said. “Just to say something, Jay Cremeens worked continuously for the city over the past five decades. Over 40 years of continual service, we would like to commend him for doing that.”
Commissioner Tony Gallagher said he thought the commission should take a few days to speak with individuals the commission felt would be capable of taking up the vacant seat before appointing an individual. Commission members agreed.
“Jay was the vice-president of this commission and I would like to get that seat taken care of because that’s a position that should not be open. I need someone to fulfill that. What’s your pleasure on doing that?” Wallis asked the commission.
Commissioner Matt Johnson nominated Gallagher for the vice-president’s seat. Commissioner Michael Brown seconded the motion. Members then unanimously voted for Gallagher to take the vice-president’s position.
According to City Manager Gene Greene, Cremeens had served on the commission for roughly five years, but had served the city far longer as a firefighter and full-time police officer. He said that “Cremeens was good to work with and a good commissioner while he was here.” The city manager also regarded Cremeens as a personal friend over the course of 40 years and that he knew him well.
Cremeens operates funeral homes in Racine, Gallipolis and Pomeroy.
Another city commission meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 to determine a new commission appointment.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.