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Kenneth City's mayoral nightmare drawing to a close



KENNETH CITY -- Teresa Zemaitis may be about to take the mayor's seat she won by a landslide a little more than a month ago.

Zemaitis, a teacher at Dixie Hollins High School, could not be sworn in after the March 10 election because an obscure section of the Kenneth City charter bans public employees from serving as mayor. A judge ruled last month that the charter clause is constitutional but Zemaitis appealed. Since then, the town and Zemaitis have been working on a settlement to have her seated as mayor until the charter can be changed in exchange for dropping her appeal.

Now it appears a settlement has been reached.

"I know some of you are getting (or are) antsy but this situation is drawing to a close," Zemaitis, 40, wrote Wednesday in an e-mail to her supporters.

"I received the final revision of the settlement agreement late this afternoon and will be going to Town Hall tomorrow to sign it and have it notarized. Then it is up to the town to call a special meeting to approve and execute the settlement and appoint me."

-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:49am]


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