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South Boston Town Council member resigns

Sandra Thompson has announced her resignation from South Boston Town Council, and the process for appointing a replacement will begin soon.

In a letter to South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston, Thompson said she had accepted a position in North Carolina and will be residing there during the week.

“I have enjoyed working with you, the other councilmen and the town manager and his staff over the past four years,” Thompson wrote to Thackston.

“The dedication of each of you is quite evident, and I am confident that the future of South Boston is very promising under the current leadership.”

Thompson’s resignation is effective Dec. 1, according to town staff.

A deadline of Nov. 23 is proposed for the town to petition the court to issue a writ of election to fill the position, followed by a period for council to seek candidates and conduct the interview process.

All candidates must be qualified voters living within town limits.

The timeline issued by town staff proposes a date of Jan. 10, 2011 for council to make an appointment ahead of the Jan. 15 deadline.

A special election to fill the seat vacated by Thompson is scheduled for Nov. 2011, with the term running from Jan. 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

Four seats are up for reelection in the May 2012 council election, including those of Mayor Thackston, the appointee and councilmen Morris Bryant and Dr. Mark Morris.