Local Government

Goehl rescinds resignation amid dispute over successor

Goehl, Virgil
Virgil Goehl | H-W file photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 17, 2019 8:30 am Updated: May. 17, 2019 9:17 am

QUINCY -- The process of appointing an alderman to replace Virgil Goehl, D-1, could be on hold after Goehl, 90, said he had filed a letter to rescind his resignation, which unanimously had been accepted Monday by the council.

Goehl said the change of heart is because of a dispute with Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore regarding who Goehl would like to see be his 1st Ward successor.

"The mayor tells me he has the right to appoint someone regardless of what I think," Goehl said. "I have no idea what is going on inside his head. He is going to have to show me that in the books he has the power to do what he wants. Until then, I plan to stay on the council."

Goehl said the Adams County Democratic Central Committee met Wednesday and selected a person who they believe should be appointed by Moore and approved by the remaining aldermen. That person, who is not being named, reportedly approached Goehl four years ago and asked for his support should Goehl ever step down from the council or decide to not seek re-election.

Moore, a Republican, said he has not made any decisions as to who should be appointed to the vacancy should Goehl decide to continue with his resignation from the council.

"I think there has been some kind of misunderstanding," Moore said.

Moore acknowledged that he will not be recommending the Democratic Party Central Committee's nominee to the City Council at this time, but he also stressed the selection process for Goehl's successor is still ongoing.

"It is not the central committees or the political parties who make the appointment, but the mayor," Moore said.

Moore said state statute allows him to determine who, upon the advice of the various political central committees in Adams County, to appoint to the City Council to fill a vacancy.

Goehl said he was "completely surprised" when he and other Democratic Party leaders submitted a preferred replacement to Moore for his consideration, and the mayor rejected the submission.

Goehl said he and other Democratic Party leaders in Adams County are concerned Moore is attempting to flip the seat from Democratic to Republican.

Moore said he is not trying to flip the seat. He said he would only nominate someone who identifies with the Democratic Party and who has voted in the Democratic Party's primary election.

"It is not state law that I have to appoint someone of the same party, but it is a Quincy tradition, and I will always uphold Quincy's tradition," Moore said. "In fact, the only resumes that I am reviewing or considering are from people who voted in the Democratic Party primary."

Moore has been seeking resumes and holding meetings with potential 1st Ward replacements to determine who to put forward. He said the person who has the reported backing of the Democratic Party has neither submitted a resume nor scheduled an interview with him.

Goehl said he has been in contact with other aldermen, who he said have pledged to support his efforts to retain his seat.