On Monday, Philip Penzel resigned from his position as an alderman for the city of Jackson. According to a press release, Penzel, who owns Penzel Construction Company, made the move to “free his construction company to pursue new business opportunities.”
The resignation also came from the alderman’s need to abstain from voting processes regarding proposals for the construction of a new city police station, as well as the building process for the project. A possible conflict of interest also played a role in Penzel’s resignation.
Jackson voters approved a new public safety sales tax in April, which aims to increase staffing of Jackson police and fire departments, fund the remodeling of their existing complex, and fund the new police station building.
The press release also noted Penzel to “point with pride to the accomplishments of the City of Jackson during his time as an elected alderman.”