South Charlotte

Town to name new council member

Indian Trail leaders plan to replace council member John Hullinger, who resigned Thursday, by mid-July.

Hullinger recently accepted a job with PetSmart in Phoenix. He did not attend what would have been his last Indian Trail Town Council meeting this week because he was traveling for his job, said Indian Trail Mayor John Quinn.

The remaining four council members decided to advertise for Hullinger's replacement and interview candidates at their July 12 meeting. The council will choose the new council member that night.

Candidates should submit their resumes and any other helpful documents to Indian Trail Town Hall.

Hullinger's seat is up for re-election this year, so his replacement will serve until December. Hullinger was appointed to the four-year term in June 2008 after Lee Godwin, elected in late 2007, resigned and moved to Maryland. Hullinger ran unsuccessfully for the Town Council in 2007.

The council decided then that Hullinger would serve the remainder of Godwin's term, even though there was a council election in 2009.

Hullinger was the only council member not backed by the Indian Trail political action committee Indian Trail Citizens for Progress during council elections and who did not live in the Brandon Oaks neighborhood.

He often was the lone "no" vote on council decisions.

Fellow council members described Hullinger as "cordial."

"While we didn't agree on everything, we were agreeable," said council member Robert Allen.

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