The city of Burlington will soon need one of its residents to step up and answer the call to serve.
Becky Shockley, who joined the city council in January after being elected to a four-year term last fall, is resigning from the position.
Shockley said an outside commitment will require a great deal of time and travel and won't allow her to devote enough time and energy to the city council.
She did not provide a specific date for her resignation, which could help ensure her replacement is named prior to the start of budget discussions.
The city council can call for a special election to replace Shockley, or it can simply appoint someone to the post.
The appointee would serve until the next election, unless residents call for a special election.
Members of the Burlington City Council are elected at-large, as opposed to the ward format used in Keokuk and Fort Madison.