RIFLE — Eleven months after being elected to the Rifle City Council, Hans Parkinson resigned Monday and has sold his home and moved out of the area.
The announcement was made public at Wednesday’s council meeting. Parkinson had been elected for a four-year term.
Parkinson’s resignation did not come as a huge surprise to council members, who had known that his water hauling business, which relied heavily on the oil and gas industry, had slowed down quite a bit.
Parkinson sold his house has moved to Vernal, Utah, where he grew up.
The city is now seeking to appoint a replacement to his position to serve for one year until the next election.
“We’re not trying to clone Hans, but we’re looking for someone who wants to give back to the community and make good decisions for the citizens of Rifle,” Mayor Randy Winkler said.
While the council has 30 days to find a replacement, Winkler said member want to make the appointment at the next council meeting Sept. 3.
“We’ll take applications until this Friday and then make the decision at the next meeting,” Winkler said.
Winkler said the last time this happened was when two members of the board resigned with only four months left on their terms. Keith Lambert and Ed Weiss were appointed to fill the positions and at the next election, Lambert chose to run and Weiss did not.
The council members at the meeting all expressed their gratitude for Parkinson’s service.
“Hans comes across as a tough oil and gas worker, but he’s really not, “Winkler said. “He’s soft-hearted. He’s donated a lot to charities and to the youth. We’ll miss him.”
Those interested in serving on the council should turn in applications to Lisa Hamilton at a Rifle City Hall.
“We’re not trying to clone Hans, but we’re looking for someone who wants to give back to the community and make good decisions for the citizens of Rifle.”