Sherry Neff-Maikits, the sole woman on the eight-member Northampton Borough Council, has resigned from her elective position.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko announced Maikits' intention to step down from council earlier this month.
"Vice President Sherry Maikits has submitted a letter of resignation to council President John Yurish. Sherry has purchased a home in Coplay and will be relocating.
In addition to resigning from borough council, she will also be resigning from the health board and the community center board," reported Zarayko.
In accepting Maikits' departure, borough council said it was accepting her resignation "with regret."
"Our loss is Coplay's gain," Yurish said in praising Maikits' contribution to the borough and council.
Other council members acknowledged Maikits made an admirable contribution to the borough's success during her tenure on council.
Maikits, in her seventh year on council, represented the borough's second ward with Yurish The two-term council woman's present four-year-term would have ended Dec. 31, 2013.
Zarayko said council has 30 days to fill the council seat vacated by Maikits.
"There are applications in the borough office," Zarayko said. Applicants must be registered Democrats in the borough's second ward.
In addition, Zarayko said the borough will place an advertisement in the newspapers seeking applicants for the council seat.
A majority of the seven remaining council members is required to make the appointment.
In the event council cannot agree on a candidate, the matter would go to the Northampton County Court.
Regardless of who is selected, the open seat will be on the ballot next spring.
Maikits is believed to be the only woman to have served on council in the borough's history.