From May 7 through November, the city of Milton will be short one council member.
At the tail end of the city’s April 23 council meeting — which lasted nearly four hours — Burt Hewitt, the city’s councilman representing District 1/Post 2, gave notice that he is resigning.. Hewitt is moving away from the area.
His resignation will be accepted and made official at the council’s May 7 meeting.
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“I’ve really learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned we’ve got a lot of great people in our city and we’ve got a lot of great people on our staff,” Hewitt said at the meeting. “Everybody that is an employee of the city really cares about what they do and you can’t elect that, buy that or train that. That’s something we should be proud of and I know we are.”
Hewitt has lived in Milton for more than 15 years, but was born in Columbus. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Auburn University.
He has served on the city’s council since 2007, and was reelected for his current term in 2015.
Milton will hold a special election in November to find Hewitt’s replacement. The person who wins the race will serve the remainder of Hewitt’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2019.
The election will come at no cost to the city since it coincides with state and county elections.
Hewitt has served as the chairman of Milton’s roundup committee, which developed the city’s anniversary celebration. He, his wife Ivey and four daughters attend Birmingham United Methodist Church.
“I hope that I have helped contribute in some small way to the success we have had as a city, and I appreciate the support and what everyone has done for me,” Hewitt said. “I look forward to seeing what y’all do in the future.”
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