Athalia in transition after several resignations

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

ATHALIA — Several key members of the Athalia village government have called it quits, including the mayor who has spent more than a decade in office.

Mayor Ron McClintock recently tendered his resignation after more than 11 years in office. He said serious health problems and his doctor’s recommendation that he turn over the reigns were the reasons behind his decision.

“The doctor told me that I needed to do anything I could to try to relieve stress,” McClintock said. “We just can’t get a hold on the (health) problems.”

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Village councilman Jimmy Chapman has taken over as mayor pro-tiem. McClintock said the council has someone else in mind for the job, but had no further details about his replacement.

The village’s clerk/treasurer Angela Backley has also resigned. She could not be reached for comment, but McClintock said that she had been planning to quit several months ago.

The change in administration has led to yet another resignation, that of police chief Tim Newman. Newman was trying to get the defunct police department’s back on its feet, but had not been able to do so yet. The administrative changes could possibly affect that goal, he said, and that led to his decision to quit.