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Justin Burnett Reconsiders, Rescinds Resignation from Springfield City Council

Justin Burnett

Less than a day after announcing he will step down from Springfield City Council, Justin Burnett has rescinded his resignation.

The Zone 2 Councilman had cited health concerns stemming from his time commitment to the position and other responsibilities with work and attending college. Now, Burnett said in a letter Friday that he will drop out of college in order of focus on his health.

In a statement, Burnett said the community’s overall response to his resignation ignited a desire to start fresh.

“As I stated after my election, the city has been through a tumultuous time and needs to heal. Bowing out now would be too easy, which is why I will spend the following days attempting to bridge the gap between both those on the left and right. We don't have to fall prey to the incivility that is crippling both our state and national politics. Let's fix this—together,” Burnett said.

City Attorney Dan Wichmer said the resignation could be rescinded prior to the effective date, which in this case would be 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan 15.

Burnett’s push for a stronger indecent exposure law last year drew strong opposition from some citizens, even resulting in a petition process to remove him from office. In his resignation letter Thursday, it appeared those negative reactions to some of his policy decisions had in part affected his health. 

Burnett says he will soon be announcing plans for a town hall meeting and is encouraging Zone 2 constituents to attend.

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.
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