UPDATE — 5:50 p.m.
Mayor Ron Robertson and Mayor Pro-Tem James Farrell resigned from the Bartonville Town Council on Tuesday night immediately after the conclusion of a regularly scheduled council meeting.
Both men said they resigned because they did not agree with the direction that the council’s newest members wanted to lead the town, and because they said don’t believe they can resolve their differences with those members.
Robertson and Farrell said that their resignations were effective immediately.
“I’ve given this a whole lot of consideration,” Farrell said during the meeting. “I find myself in a place where I can’t see myself adding value to the direction of the town.”
Immediately after Farrell announced his resignation, Robertson announced his.
“I also will be resigning my position as mayor,” he said. “I really don’t want to be part of this. I don’t see myself working with you guys. I really don’t. I think you’re heading down the wrong direction.”
He added that he believes the council is following the direction of a person that should not be followed and who does not have the best interests of the town in mind.
Town Administrator Stacey Almond confirmed that Mayor Ron Robertson and Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Farrell resigned from their positions during the Nov. 19 town council meeting.
Almond said the resignations are effective immediately.
This story is developing.