PORTAGEVILLE - Citing health problems and false allegations, the mayor of Portageville has resigned his position.
Portageville Mayor Henry Maclin submitted his resignation to the Portageville City Council Monday evening. Maclin, who did not attend the meeting, had his letter read by alderman Lynn Doering, the mayor pro tem.
In the letter, Macklin wrote of the allegations apparently made about him.
"These allegations have been researched and are apparently invalid," wrote Maclin. "I am unaware of who these persons are that made these allegations. I feel as long as I hold this position of mayor; this will be an ongoing problem. For the best of Portageville, it is best that I step down as mayor at this time."
He noted he currently has health problems and added, "I do not need these issues bearing on me. Life is too precious and too short."
A meeting is set for 6 p.m. July 27 at city hall to select a person to finish out Maclin's term. According to the Portageville City Ordinance Book: "If the vacancy is in the office of Mayor, nominations of a successor may be made by any member of the Board of Aldermen and selected with the consent of a majority of the members of the Board of Aldermen. The Board of Aldermen may adopt procedures to fill vacancies with this section. The successor shall serve until the next regular municipal election."
Maclin was elected in April 2001 defeating Denis McCrate by 31 votes. The person chosen to replace Maclin will serve until April 2005.