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Exley wins open Rincon City Council seat
Kevin Exley
Kevin Exley

By Barbara Augsdorfer, Editor for the Effingham Herald

The City of Rincon held a special election Tuesday, Sept. 19 to fill a vacant seat on the city council.

Kevin Exley received 372 votes (70%), while Eric Hills received 157 votes (29.6%).

Exley previously served on the council and also lost to Mayor Ken Lee in 2021 by 17 votes; Hills had served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board for the past year.

“We have completed Phase 1, and now we’ve got Phase 2 so that we can go in and do the right thing for the city,” Exley said via phone.

“I think we are in a position now to be for the city, the voice of the citizens,” Exley continued. “Term limits – I’m going to put it on the table immediately on the 25th. We’re also going to work on our ordinances.”

Eric Hills
Eric Hills
According to the city’s website, 67 people voted early at City Hall between Aug. 28 and Sept. 15, with the most voters – 18 – on the last day of early voting Sept. 15. No absentee or provisional ballots were issued.

Exley will be sworn in and take his seat on the City Council at the next meeting on Sept. 25. He will finish a term previously held by former Councilmember Damon Rahn who resigned in June. Exley’s term will run through 2025.

The Herald called Hills for a comment, but he did not answer the phone.