Near the conclusion of the Dec. 4 Redwood Falls city council meeting, Ward 1 council member Paul DeBlieck passed a piece of paper to Mayor Corey Theis.

A letter, which was read by Theis, indicated DeBlieck was submitting his resignation from the council effective at the close of the meeting – citing family reasons.

DeBlieck indicated the four years he has served on the council were a privilege.

“Life goes on,” said DeBlieck, whose resignation was then accepted by the council.

DeBlieck was first elected to the city council as a result of a special election held in 2014.

He ran unopposed in 2016 starting his first four-year term on the council in 2017.

The city council is scheduled to take action officially declaring the position vacant at its Dec. 18 meeting, with the process then opening up for Ward 1 residents to apply to fill the remainder of the term which expires at the end of 2020.

Applications will be available at city hall and on the city’s Web site. Applications will be accepted for a period of three weeks. Interviews will be conducted, with the mayor then appointing the person to serve the rest of the term.