Bowman mayor resigns

Berryman cites health reasons

Bowman Mayor Mark Berryman posted an announcement on his Facebook page last week saying he was resigning as mayor after serving for one year.

City Attorney Richard Campbell says special election will be held March 19

“The decision did not come easy or quickly,” Berryman posted on Facebook late on Dec. 30. “On Dec. 19 I met with my cardiologist, who recommended I reduce my workload and stress. The team is still attempting to treat me without surgery and this was a step toward doing that.”

Berryman defeated incumbent Mayor Betty Jo Maxwell in November of 2017 and took his oath of office and served one year of his term beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.

Bowman City Attorney Richard D. Campbell said he had discussed the resignation of Berryman with Elbert County Elections Superintendent Stephanie Hewell and a special election will be held on March 19 to find Berryman’s replacement.

Public notices will begin running the first week of February, and qualifying will run from Wednesday, Feb. 20 until noon on Friday, Feb. 22.

The qualifying fee to run for mayor in Bowman is $75.

According to Campbell, qualifying will be held in Probate Judge Stephanie Hewell’s office at the Elbert County Government Complex, located at 45 Forest Avenue. Early voting in the election will be held from Monday, March 11 until Friday, March 15.

Voting on election day, Tuesday, March 19, will be at the Bowman Community Center.

“I have no ill feelings toward the City of Bowman (and I still love living here),” Berryman posted. “Nor do I have any issues with the Bowman City Council (who I still consider my friends and believe they do me as well). Nor do I have any issues with anyone I have dealt with through my duty as mayor. This decision was purely based on my need to make some changes for health reasons and no other.”

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