Tiffin, Ohio — At-large Councilmember Zack Perkins announced Tuesday that he will be resigning from Tiffin City Council effective immediately, and will not be accepting the position of mayor, just one day after he won a city council vote to fulfill former Mayor Aaron Montz’s unexpired term.
“This should be a great day of celebration for my family and myself. Yet, it has been filled with enormous amounts of negativity and backlash,” Perkins said in a Facebook post. “I never joined council with any intention other than to help the city succeed. The same intentions were true when I put my name in to be the next mayor.”
Ahead of Tiffin City Council’s meeting on Monday in which they selected Perkins to fulfill Montz’s term, some councilmembers were reportedly alerted to previous incidents of alleged misconduct by Perkins.
The process to select a new mayor will now go back to council, which has until Aug. 4 to select a new mayor or it will be up to the presiding judge of the Seneca County Common Pleas Court to choose, according to the city charter. Council is set to meet in regular session July 18 to discuss next steps.
Following the resignation of Mayor Aaron Montz, Council President Bridget Boyle was sworn in as acting mayor on July 5. During a city council meeting on June 20, Boyle stated she intended to fulfill her obligation to be acting mayor for up to 30 days, but would not be seeking the remainder of Montz’s term.