(Richland, WA) -- After 12 years, Richland City Councilmember and former Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Lemley says he will resign from public service. The resignation is effective immediately. He took office as a Richland City Councilmember, position five, in January 2010.

“I put everything I had into being a public servant for the City of Richland and the citizens for twelve years. Now it is time for someone else to do their part,” states Lemley. “It has been my very distinct honor to have worked with all of the professionals and staff that put their tireless efforts into supporting and growing this community every day.”

Mayor Michael Alvarez praised Phil for his leadership and passion for the community. “We appreciate Phil’s service to Richland and his commitment to public safety, the aging community, and citizens with disabilities. He is a champion of fair and equitable government practices. We wish him the best of luck as he returns to his roots in Arkansas.”

The City Council will consider interested applicants soon to fill Lemley’s seat. The successful candidate will be appointed until the next election in November 2023.

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