Lynch mayor abruptly resigns

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

She says the mayor's job has taken its toll on her health. Lynch Mayor Darlene Monhallen issued a formal letter of resignation to the city council, saying she plans to step down immediately.

Council members held a special called meeting Tuesday to appoint an interim mayor, a circumstance they've become all too familiar with.

During the meeting, the letter from Monhallen was read aloud. She described "issues that need urgent attention that I cannot accommodate" when referring to the city of Lynch.

"It's a sad day to see her leave office," said Taylor Hall, interim mayor.

Hall was chosen as interim mayor and immediately sworn in.

In the mayor's letter to the council, she says, issues just kept coming out of the woodwork - and she feels it is best for both the city and her health, to resign.

Lynch has seen three mayors in a year's time.

Ronnie Hampton stepped down from the post last September, citing personal issues.

Monhallen stepped in as interim mayor, and she was elected in November.

"Anytime you're in a position of authority, can be stressful," said Hall.

Hall said he and the council will continue to work on paying back debts the city owes to government agencies and private companies.

"We're very concerned with paying off as many debts as we reasonably can," said Hall.

Monhallen was not present at Tuesday's meeting.

Hall will serve as mayor until November, when officials said the position will go back on the ballot for voters to decide.

We tried calling Darlene Monhallen at her home Tuesday, but our calls were not returned.

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