In a Facebook message posted two hours ago, newly-elected Joplin City Councilman Joshua Bard announced his resignation, citing a state statute that does not allow him to serve.
First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me over these last several months. To many of you, it is no surprise that I have a past, a past that I'm not necessarily proud of at all. But we cannot allow ourselves to be defined by what we have done. I had hoped and still hope to use that example in my life.
With that being said, I have resigned my position as a member of our Joplin City Council. In all the research I had done prior to running. I missed a MO Statute that prevents me from holding office.
I want it to be known, I never intended on doing any harm to our city or our city council. I love this city and our governing of this city. To those that were counting on me. I am so very sorry I let you down!
The Joplin Globe reports Bard resigned after being told that a previous felony conviction from 2006 prevents him from holding elective office.
It is interesting that this was not brought up prior to the election since Bard has not tried to keep his history a secret.
After all, the statutes have been the same since Bard filed.