Roeland Park City Councilor Mel Croston has resigned her seat on the governing body effective Sept. 30. She becomes the second councilor to resign in Roeland Park this year. Robert Myers,Jr. left the council in March and was replaced by Michael Rhoades.
Croston announced her resignation at the end of a city council committee meeting Monday night and provided a letter to the city (embedded below). “I have resigned for a personal reason and have asked people to respect my privacy,” she said in a message Tuesday.
Croston was first elected to the council in 2013 and has more than two and one-half years left in her term. She represented Ward 3 in the southwest corner of the city, west of Roe Ave. Roeland Park, unlike most neighboring cities, requires a special election to fill a vacant council seat. The election will be scheduled by the Johnson County Election Office and will have one polling place for Ward 3 residents only.
Most recently, Croston was one of the votes against the recent anti-discrimination ordinance that eventually passed with a tie-breaking vote from the mayor. She is the owner of Studio Nails 317 in Overland Park. Her profile on the Roeland Park web site gives the following information:
“Mel was sworn into office as Councilmember for Ward 3 on April 15, 2013 and will serve as the Administrative Committee Co-Chair. Mel is a small business owner. Mel grew up in Roeland Park and loved it so much she moved back following her divorce. Her hobbies include small decorating projects and working in her yard. She also enjoys participating in 5k runs and walks for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Mel lost her mom some time ago from ovarian cancer and she continues to raise money for research to battle this silent killer. Additionally, she enjoys volunteering at the Kansas City Rescue Mission, football, soccer, baseball, watching old movies and going to the theater.”