The Richmond City Council had a full eight members for about 30 minutes at their last meeting on Sept. 10 when Scott Spiers was confirmed.
Now, Mayor Lance Green is charged with finding a new council member for Richmond’s Third Ward.
The council was down to seven members for nearly two and a half months before Spiers was sworn in for the vacant First Ward seat. That seat became open when the council voted to impeach Councilman Chris Keen in a 5-2 vote, even though state statute requires six votes according to the opinion of Attorney General Jay Nixon’s office. However, Keen has not challenged the ruling.
Green said Bennett cited his work schedule as the reason for his resignation in his letter that was submitted to the city.
In the letter Bennett said, “The scheduling changes make it impossible for me to complete my term. It’s been a pleasure working with each and everyone of you for the past six months and my thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to working to make the city of Richmond a better place.”