By Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SPARTA, Mich. (AP) - A village council member in the Grand Rapids area has buyer’s remorse after declaring, “I resign,” during a long, contentious meeting.

The Sparta council took Paul Hibbard at his word - and won’t give him his job back.

Hibbard plans to ask to be appointed to the open seat on the council. But if that doesn’t work, he’ll run for election in 2016.

Hibbard tells The Grand Rapids Press ( ) that he shouldn’t have said “resign” on Sept. 14. He says he was tired and thinking about a family funeral and used a “bigger word than I should have.”

Hibbard asked the council to erase his resignation but was turned down, 4-2. Village President Kristi Dougan says, “You … can’t yell ‘I resign’ and not have repercussions.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press,

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