Indian River Shores councilman steps down, replacement planned

INDIAN RIVER SHORES — Christian Hendricks has resigned after serving less than two years as Indian River Shores City Council Memberafter leaving the state.

Hendricks, CPA and local realtor, was elected to a four-year term on city council in November 2020. He previously served as longtime chairman of the city’s planning, zoning and variance board.

Hendricks recently moved to Arizona due to family responsibilities, City Manager Jim Harpring said. In his August 1 resignation letter, Hendricks said it has been an honor and a privilege to work with City staff for the past 15 years.

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“They (the staff) are all professional and a team that should be cherished,” Hendricks wrote. “Based on my 35 years in government service as a government auditor, I believe they have exceeded all my expectations for quality of service, innovation and total commitment to excellence.”

Hendricks previously worked as an Assistant Inspector General for the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

As required by the city charter, any vacancy must be filled by nomination until the next election. The city will not hold an election in November because incumbents Brian Foley, Sam Carroll and Bob Auwaerter were unopposed, so the appointee will sit until the next general election in November 2024.

The city will follow the same procedure as when former councilman John McCord stepped down from his four-year seat when he left town, according to Harpring. Auwaerter was appointed to city council in September 2021 to fill McCord’s seat.

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Harpring said that in addition to any requirements imposed by state law, nominees must be qualified voters in the city and must have resided in the city for at least one year prior to the time of nomination. All interested residents should submit a cover letter and resume to City Clerk Janice Rutan at [email protected] by 5 p.m. September 2. The city council could make an appointment at its meeting on September 22.

Janet Begley is a local freelance writer for TCPalm.com. If you like articles like this and other TCPalm coverage of Treasure Coast news, please support our journalism and subscribe now.

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