Arkansas City public school board member and Ark City native Lance Niles is moving out of state and has submitted his resignation, effective February 25th. Niles’ wife Tamara Niles… who serves as the school district’s attorney… has also given notice, but she will stay on through this school year, which ends in May. The reason the couple is stepping down is because of their upcoming move to the Denver, Colorado area, where Lance Niles has accepted a position with a financial institution. Niles submitted his resignation letter late last week, expressing his gratitude for having had the opportunity to serve on the board. He also expressed his appreciation to those who voted for him. Niles was appointed to the board in mid-2017 and elected to a full term later that fall. His current term expires in January 2022. The district has contacted the Kansas Association of School Board legal department to verify all of the necessary steps to fill the upcoming vacancy. His wife, Tamra Niles, served as city attorney for more than 14 years before resigning last year. She will be closing her legal office that is currently located on West Fifth Avenue, and the property will be put on the market.