Ward 2 city councilor Steve Holcombe announced last Friday via text message that he was resigning immediately from the Pawhuska City Council.

Holcombe, who in the April 2 general election lost his bid for a new term on the council, explained in an April 12 letter to Mayor Roger Taylor that his decision to resign is a result of business considerations.

“I am early resigning only because of a potential conflict of interest that arose today because of my engagement for legal services by a new client,” Holcombe said in his letter to Taylor. “I have conferred with the City Attorney, Mr. Heskett. We are both of the opinion that my early resignation is the appropriate action to take.”

Holcombe also said he regrets that he will not be on-hand as a member of the council at that body’s regular meeting in May. The council’s regular meeting for May has been scheduled for Monday evening, May 6. That is a deviation from the usual schedule. Council meetings are usually the second Tuesday evening of the month.

The Journal-Capital spoke briefly by telephone with Holcombe to confirm his resignation. He is being succeeded on the council by Jourdan Foran.