By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Adamson resigns as mayor

SHERIDAN — Mayor Val Adamson sent City Manager Frank Sheridan a New Year’s card, and in it, said he was leaving office, a full year before his current four-year term was due to expire.

Sh eridan shared the resignation with city councilors at a special Monday night meeting that Adamson did not attend.

City Attorney Walt Gowell told the council it would have to wait until its next regular meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, to take official action.

Council President Harry Cooley will serve as acting mayor, pending appointment of someone to fill out the remainder of Adamson’s term. He is also expected to run for mayor in November and seek appointment to the post in the interim.

“Val and I have discussed this befor e, that as long as he was mayor I wasn’t going to run against him,” he said. “It’s a good council and he’s been a good mayor. I told him I wouldn’t run, but now that he’s go ne, I probably will.”

If the council taps him to complete Adamson’s term, it will have to appoint a replacement for him on the council. His council term also has one year to run.

“I told the council I will do whatever they expect of me,” said Cooley, who is in private business after retiring from a long career at the Federal Correctional Institution. “I’ll do what it takes to keep things moving along.”

The mayor and city manager had been seriously at odds of late, and the city manager enjoys council backing. So it did not came as a big surprise when Adamson decided to step down.

“You’ve got to do what’s best for you in these situations,” Cooley said. “I would have rather seen him complete his term, but I totally understand.”

Adamson owns a mortuary and cemetery — Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home and Green Crest Memorial Park. He is also a longtime local civic leader.

He was appointed mayor in December 2007 to complete the term of Jimmy Baker when Baker moved out of state. He won a three-way re-elect ion race in 2010, easily dispatching challenges from Dennis Murdock and Lucy Hebert.

A 40-year resident of the community, he had previously served as a councilor and mayor, and had filled posts on a variety of city, county, regional and state committees.

“He always had good ideas,” Cooley said. “He knew how to get things accomplished.

“He’s a very forward-thinking person. That and his vision have been his greatest assets.”

In an e-mail, Adamson explained his decision this way: “No story really. Time to make a change. My daughter is finishing up a house next door and I want to spend more time with the grandkids.”

Cooley was elected to the council in November 2006  and re-elected in 2010.

He has served on the planning commission and chaired that body. He’s also served on the Sheridan School Board and School District Budget Committee.

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