Troy Mayor Mark Cross announced his resignation from office on Jan. 14, effective by end of business on that day, citing ongoing health issues as the cause.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens as their Mayor for the last ten years,” Cross said in a press release. “It is an opportunity that I would never have imagined possible.”
Cross said he’d had three goals when he was first elected: get a traffic signal at East Cherry Street and Lincoln Drive, build a swimming pool and bring another grocery store to Troy.
“The first two happened rather quickly,” Cross said. “The third is a work in progress. As I learned, there is so much more to running a city and there are a lot of goals to be reached.”
Cross credited the various city departments – police, parks, finance, public works, admin and the building department – for their efforts keeping the city running smoothly, and thanked the department heads for teaching him the ropes over the last 10 years.
He also thanked the people who’ve donated their own time to serve on a public board or commission for the city, saying those are the people that “make Troy the great place it is.” “I want to thank the Board of Aldermen for their support, it has been my pleasure to serve with you,” Cross said.
“I wish you success as you move forward with the business of the city. Finally, I want to thank God for putting me in this position and I hope that I have fulfilled the plan that he had for me. God bless you all.”
City Clerk Jodi Schneider said that, by city code, the board’s acting president fills the role of mayor, with all the rights, privileges and powers that accompany the office.
Alderman Ron Sconce is currently the acting board president. On Jan. 23, the Board of Aldermen will meet, however, where Schneider said the group will have several options it could pursue. By code, Sconce could retain the position until the next election, however the board may choose to hold a special election for the position, or – per state statute – have the aldermen nominate someone to fill the position of mayor. Cross had two years left in his term, which ends in 2022.
“These are the things the Board of Aldermen will have to discuss and decide, whether or not to pursue any of the options…but as of right now, the interim would be the board president [Sconce],” Schneider said. On Jan. 16, Sconce said he could speak for “everyone in the city” in expressing gratitude for Cross’s service.
“He’s done a remarkable job,” Sconce said. “He’s been a dedicated servant for 10 years, and it’s going to be a big loss to the city.”