Ken Ervin resigns from Lowell City Council due to health issues

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Ken Ervin
Ken Ervin

Ongoing health concerns have prompted Ken Ervin to resign his seat on the Lowell City Council.

Ervin, who was just elected to a new four-year term on the board last November, said, "If I can't give 100 percent of my time and effort, I shouldn't be on the board."

Ervin submitted his resignation to City Manager Scott Attaway on Friday, Jan. 21, effective immediately.

Ervin had served on the council since being elected in November of 2015. He had previously served as Lowell's mayor from 1994 to 1997.

A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Ervin worked for more than two decades as a crime scene investigator for the Gaston County Police Department.

Ervin's life was irrevocably altered in the summer of 2008 when he was involved in a wreck on his motorcycle which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

While not elaborating on his health issues, he said they had become noticeable to himself, to his wife, and to fellow councilmembers.

"I'm going through tests right now," he said. "But I decided to go out on a high note. It's a sad thing for sure. I'd like to be able to continue to serve. But I'm looking forward to the future and don't want these issues to impact my service."

Ervin added that he has made it clear to Mayor Sandy Railey and other members of the City Council that he will "still be around and willing to help out in any way that I can."

Asked what he is most proud of during his years of service to Lowell, Ervin answered, "This council has made great strides in getting Lowell on the right track. This group has just worked very, very well together."

As a councilman Ervin represented Lowell on the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization board and on the board of directors of the Lowell Fire Department.

City Council will choose a replacement to serve out the remainder of Ervin's four-year term, which ends in 2025.

Bill Poteat may be reached at 704-869-1855 or bpoteat@gastongazette.com.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Health concerns prompt Ken Ervin to resign from Lowell City Council

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