He was elected to be a community leader, but less than a year into his four year term Ronald Nolan is now a convicted felon. Now the community that elected him is looking to move forward with a clean slate.
Murphysboro Alderman Ronald Nolan was recently sentenced to nine years behind bars for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and aggravated battery.
In Murphysboro, Illinois, the political power lies with the the ten aldermen which serve as the voice of the five wards they represent according to Mayor Will Stephens.
"They're really the ones much like Congress in Washington DC that hold the purse strings," said Mayor Will Stephens.
But for those who live in Murphysboro's first ward their voice was partially silenced when Alderman Ronald Nolan was arrested just after being elected to office.
"We had one instance where we were trying to allow a resident to be granted some city property and it took us nearly two months to get what should of been an easy thing done just because schedules didn't work out," said Stephens.
Nolan's seat has remained vacant since he was convicted on criminal sexual abuse charges, but that will soon change.
"There have been some folks already express some interest and I plan on speaking with each of them," said Stephens. "I plan on taking my time in seeing who is out there, who is interested, and making a decision from there."
Mayor Stephens has 60 days to make his final decision on filling the vacant seat.
Anyone who is interested should contact the Murphysboro mayor's office at (618) 684-4961.