The North Courtland Town Council has officially accepted the resignation of former council member Terry Robinson.
Robinson was arrested in December on drug charges and his resignation was submitted and accepted at the council's last meeting on Jan. 15.
North Courtland Mayor Ronald Jones said this has not hindered the council's meetings, but that the town has scaled back to one meeting per month at this time.
"We haven't had any problems so far," Jones said. "This hasn't affected our meeting process."
Jones said he and the council would take their time in finding a replacement. This is not the first time North Courtland has replaced a council member.
"We had a council member move out of town," he said. "This is basically the same guidelines."
The council will meet again on Feb. 12 to invite citizens to nominate those who should be considered for the appointment, but Jones made it clear the decision won't be quick nor taken lightly.
"We have to be patient. We have to find someone who really has the town at heart," said Jones.
As long as the meetings are unaffected, Jones says there is no rush to find a replacement and the council intends to do its due diligence on those nominated.
Robinson was arrested on Dec. 6, 2012, after an 8-month undercover investigation. Robinson, who lives near R.A. Hubbard School, was re-elected to the council in August to his third term as a council member.
He is charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, Sheriff Gene Mitchell said. Drug Task Force Director Amard Martin said Robinson is accused of selling prescription pills to an undercover agent. Robinson was one of 25 people arrested that day by a multi-agency team of law enforcement officers.