The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of trustee Henry Carner at the board’s July 25 meeting.
Carner, of Independence, represented MCC Subdistrict 4. In his resignation letter of July 8, he informed the board that he has been appointed by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to the Jackson County Election Board.
“I am required by statute to resign my position as MCC trustee to serve as a commissioner,” Carner wrote.
The Jackson County Election Board is one of several election authorities overseeing MCC Board of Trustees elections. The six MCC trustees, each representing part of the College’s service area, are elected by the public.
“Please convey my appreciation and honor of serving with my fellow trustees and best wishes for the future of MCC,” Carner wrote.
He was elected to the MCC Board of Trustees in April 2018. The seat’s six-year term doesn’t expire until April 2024.
The board can appoint someone to replace Carner until the April 2020 election, or it can leave the seat vacant until then. Trustees took no action on the matter during the July 25 regular meeting.
At that meeting, President Trent Skaggs expressed appreciation to Carner for his service to the College and congratulated him on his appointment to the election board. Carner didn’t attend the meeting, but the board is expected to present him with a resolution of commendation at a future meeting.
Carner worked as an Independence firefighter for 40 years, retiring as captain. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who served two tours of Vietnam, later serving in the Air Force Reserves as well.
The four commissioners of the Jackson County Election Board include a chairman, secretary and two members. They are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Missouri Senate.