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Leadwood mayor resigns

The Leadwood Board of Aldermen will meet at 6 o’clock tonight in City Hall to finish the meeting that ended abruptly Monday night when Mayor Jim Stahlman walked out.

Stahlman handed in his resignation as mayor on Wednesday, but gave no reason in his letter, City Clerk Tanya Brewster said.

“They were discussing the park and the mayor grew angry,” she explained. “He stood up and said he was resigning, then he left.

“His resignation letter simply said he was resigning as mayor.”

Stahlman and the aldermen at the meeting could not be reached for comment this morning.

Before Stahlman’s exit, the board had only heard from visitors, including the members of the Leadwood Park Board, who discussed plans for a fall festival. When he left, mayor pro tem Dale Whelehon automatically stepped in to act as mayor. Alderman Tom Wahlers was absent, leaving only two aldermen. The four-member board needs a quorum of at least three aldermen to do business, so the meeting came to an end.

Tonight’s meeting will include discussion on the NIMS testing required by FEMA for emergency responders and elected officials. Testing must be completed by October.

In other business, the police and court department is expected to present a vehicle report and discuss file cabinets for the court, and the street department will report on street repairs.

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