The Ottawa City Commission is expected to vote to accept commissioner Jeff Richards’ resignation at its next regular meeting April 17.

Richards, who was sworn in as Franklin County’s new sheriff Wednesday morning, said he plans to resign from the commission. Richards was re-elected April 2 to a second two-year term on the commission.

Once the city commission receives Richards’ resignation letter, the remaining commissioners would have 45 days to appoint a successor, Bob Bezek, city attorney, said, citing a city ordinance that is based on state statute. The appointee would serve Richards’ two-year term until the next general election.

Bezek said Wednesday afternoon he knew Richards was working on a draft of his resignation letter but he had not yet seen it. Technically, Richards’ resignation would become effective upon delivery of the letter, Bezek said, but the standing protocol is for the commission to formally vote to accept Richards’ resignation during a regular meeting.

“The protocol is to vote to accept it, and that’s only right and proper,” Bezek said.