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Bass stepping down from Richmond Hill City Council
With less than year left in her term, council looking for qualified applicants
Richmond Hill City Councilwoman Jan Bass

Effective Wednesday, Richmond Hill has another vacancy to fill on city council.

That’s because two-term Councilwoman Jan Bass made her impending departure official Tuesday night. She is relinquishing her Post 4 seat on the council for a job as an ROTC recruiter in the University of Tennessee Martin.

More on that story and on Bass’ time on the council to come, but with less than a year remaining on her second term, city officials said her seat will be filled by appointment as required by city charter. 

At Tuesday night’s meeting, Richmond Hill Mayor Russ Carpenter announced that those interested in filling Bass’ seat for the remainder of her term on the council must be qualified to do so under the city charter and need to contact City Manager Chris Lovell or City Clerk Dawnne Greene before Feb. 27.

The appointment won’t impact the March 19 special election in which six candidates qualified to run for the seat vacated in December when Mayor Pro Tem Johnny Murphy died after a long battle with cancer.

It also won’t impact the November 2019 general election when Bass’ seat comes upon.

For more information about the process for applying for Bass’ seat, email Greene at or call 912-756-3345.



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