Cumby mayor resigns from office
‘Health reasons’ cited as impetus for unexpected action
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Aug. 30, 2006 -- The city of Cumby was without a mayor this morning after recently-elected Kenneth Gaines handed a letter of resignation to fellow council member Travis Baxley late Tuesday.

Gaines was elected to serve a full term on the council in May after filling out the term of a council member who had moved away from Cumby.

"I know it was quite a bit more pressure than he expected in being mayor," Baxley said.

Baxley, who serves as the city's mayor pro tem, said Gaines cited health reasons as the reason for quitting the post.

"He was a good council member," Baxley said. "When he ran for mayor, I guess the pressure was just too much for him, and he said it was affecting his health, and he was just going to step down and step out."

The mayor pro tem said he had worked with Gaines on another board prior being on the city council.

"Kenneth is a good man," Baxley said. "I served with Kenneth on the telephone board and he was a good member on that board." 

The council will appoint a new council member to fill the remainder of Kenneth Gains' term and will then select one of the council members to serve as mayor.

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