KNOXVILLE — Council Member Craig Kelley has resigned from the council effective immediately.

Knoxville Mayor Brian Hatch verified Kelley's resignation in a telephone interview with the Journal-Express Tuesday.

Hatch called Kelley's departure from the council, "unfortunate," and he said the City Council will tackle the issue of replacing Kelley at their July 17 meeting.

"I believe it was late last week when [Kelley] put in his resignation effective immediately due to health concerns," Hatch said. "[Kelley] Has been a huge asset for the community. He really helped us out in a pinch because we had three relatively new council members."

Kelley was appointed to his council seat in December, 2016, Hatch said, replacing former Council Member Dave Rooseboom. 

Hatch said he is not aware of the specifics of Iowa election laws regarding whether to appoint or hold a special election for a new council member. Kelley's seat was up for election in November, so anyone appointed or elected to replace him would only serve until the first meeting of 2018.

Efforts to contact Kelley were unsuccessful. Check back for more news as details of Kelley's resignation are learned.

Jeff Forward is the regional editor of the Oskaloosa Herald, Pella Chronicle and Knoxville Journal-Express. He can be reached in the newsroom at 641-672-2581, ext. 425, or via email at regionaleditor@oskyherald.com. He is also on Twitter, @OskyHeraldEditr.

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