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Auxvasse mayor resigns, citing backlash from residents

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Auxvasse Mayor Ronald Dye resigned on Tuesday, according to an email from City Clerk Missy Hooks.

In his resignation letter dated Monday, Dye stated he resigned due to backlash from residents.

“Due to the persisting feeling from the Citizens of Auxvasse that I am not a competent mayor, along with that I do not have the city’s best interest in heart, and I only care about mone,. I hereby resign my position as mayor effective immediately,” the resignation letter reads.

“This was a difficult decision to make but given the current attitude and feelings of the community it is in the city’s best interest I forgo my duties and I submit my resignation. I have always only had the best interest of this city at heart. I have lived here 51 years, and it has changed, and we have become a city I do not remember or recognize, I was trying my best for what we needed for this city. I wish the best to the city, its citizens and the new mayor well.”

The City Council meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday was rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 23, according to the city’s website. A closed meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, which was scheduled prior to the resignation, according to the city's attorney. Tuesday's meeting was moved to Oct. 23 so the City had time to consult its attorney, Nathan Nickolaus, who was not available that day.

Dye was elected as mayor during the April 4 election. He defeated Terry Walker 58 votes to 29.

According to Nickolaus, Alderman Clifford Wenneker is the mayor pro tem. An alderman has to serve as the pro tem.

The next mayor will be appointed by the City Council in an open meeting, following a nomination by one of the aldermen. The next meeting is Oct. 23, and Nickolaus expects the next mayor to be picked then. An application is not needed to be considered. Nickolaus said that those who are interested should contact an alderman.

That mayor will serve until April, when an election for a new mayor will be held. Nickolaus told ABC 17 News that the person who will be elected as mayor will serve out the rest of the current term.

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