WESTFIELD, NJ - Vicki Kimmins, one of eight council members serving the town of Westfield, announced her resignation through a written e-mail on Tuesday, April 19.

Kimmins, a Republican, was not present at Tuesday night's town council meeting, where Mayor Andy Skibitsky read the letter.

"As a lifelong resident of Westfield, it will be difficult to leave our great town," he read. "My record of volunteerism within our community speaks to the dedication, pride and love I have for my home town and I will truly miss the various organizations and countless residents I have come to known over the years."

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Skibitsky said that Kimmins had found a better employment opportunity that required her to move out of town.

Her resignation was effective immediately.

Until the general election in November, a temporary council member will take her seat.

According to New Jersey law, within 15 days of Kimmins' resignation, the Westfield Republican Committee must propose three nominees to temporarily fill her seat, and within 30 days the council must vote. In order for a nominee to earn the seat, he or she must get five affirmative votes from members of the council.

 According to Claire Gray, the town clerk, that official will then most likely be represented on the Republican ballot for general election in November. There will be no special election.