LAWRENCE – Lawrence commissioners have named a new mayor after the city’s former leader resigned.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx became mayor Tuesday night. This marks the sixth time he has served in that role in a political career that stretches back to the 1980s.
Amyx succeeds former Mayor Jeremy Farmer, who stepped down last week. Farmer’s departure followed his resignation from his food pantry job, where about $50,000 in federal payroll taxes had gone unpaid. Farmer says it was an oversight that the taxes weren’t paid.
Under Lawrence’s form of government, the office of mayor is a rotating seat, and the person chosen serves a one-year term. The mayor chairs meetings and is authorized to sign certain documents but otherwise has no day-to-day administrative duties.