Webb Resigns From Mayville Village Board

Ben Webb is pictured at the December Village Board meeting. It was the last meeting he was in attendance at. He resigned from the village board this month. P-J photo by Gregory Bacon

MAYVILLE — An absent trustee has given his resignation.

During a meeting of the Mayville Village Board, Benjamin C. Webb submitted a letter of resignation dated Feb. 22 and that was received March 7. He wrote “Please accept this letter of resignation from my current term as a board member on the Village of Mayville Board of Trustees, effectively immediately. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board and to represent the residents of the Village of Mayville, NY. I wish you the very best in future endeavors.”

Webb was first elected in November 2016 in a contested race that came down to absentee ballots. He was re-elected in 2020 after running unopposed.

When Webb was elected in 2020, Richard Syper was also elected as a trustee. Webb and Syper often clashed as trustees over a number of topics, including the former Chautauqua Pops entertainment venue.

Syper ran for mayor in November and won. Since Syper took office, Webb has not attended any Village Board meetings or workshops, including all budget discussions. He also did not attend Syper’s swearing-in ceremony.

Webb had served as deputy mayor when Ken Shearer was mayor. Shearer chose not to run for re-election in November and is currently employed by the town of Chautauqua as a building inspector. Mayville contracts with the town of Chautauqua, so Shearer is still involved in the village.

Next month, Syper is expected to appoint a trustee to Webb’s vacated seat. Earlier this year, Syper appointed Dan Roush to the Village Board, taking the seat Syper vacated when he became mayor.

According to Brian Abram, county Republican Election Commissioner, both Roush and any newly appointed trustee would need to run for office in November if they want to continue to serve after Dec. 31. Both races will be for one year terms. They would need to run again in 2024 for a four-year term.


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