One year after taking office, the mayor of the Village of Delta has resigned after asserting the Village Council demanded his departure.
Bob Gilbert tendered a letter of resignation to Council on Jan. 14. The one-line, declaratory statement said: “At the demand of Village Council, I am resigning as Mayor of Delta immediately.”
Delta Village Council President Frank Wilton confirmed that the council demanded Gilbert resign during a special session held Jan. 7. Gilbert declined to comment further. He told the Expositor previously he did not have Council’s support.
Wilton was sworn in as mayor at a meeting held Monday. He will serve out Gilbert’s term which expires in three years. The council has 60 days to fill Wilton’s unexpired Council seat.
Wilton said Gilbert’s resignation stemmed from a personality conflict with the other Council members.
“He would have made some suggestions that (were) not endorsed by Council, and they took an affront to it. They did not agree with him on several occasions,” Wilton said. “His vision of the village was not the vision of the council.”
Wilton declined to be more specific, citing Council discussions protected under executive session.
He said the disagreements with Gilbert had been ongoing since Gilbert took office last year. “Everybody seemed to like Bob. It’s just that they had a little bit of a rub toward – his vision and their vision was an oil and water type thing,” he said.
Brad Peebles, village administrator, also declined to comment.
Gilbert served on Village Council for 10 years before running unopposed in 2019 to replace outgoing Mayor Dan Miller, who chose not to run again. Gilbert had opposed Miller in the previous mayoral run and was defeated by the incumbent.
Wilton was sworn onto the village council in September 2017. His term is set to expire in January of 2022.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.