Pine Ridge's controversial mayor resigned Tuesday.
The town announced that Mayor Robert Wells resigned due to health complications associated with covid-19.
A special mayoral election will be …
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A special mayoral election will be arranged.
"Although there have been tough challenges," Wells was quoted in a letter from Mayor Pro-tem Daniel Davis, "I have enjoyed serving the Town of Pine Ridge."
The mayor had lost popularity in town due to being blamed for police department turnover.
One critic said the mayor thinks he runs the department.
Pine Ridge residents called for the mayor to resign after the entire police force resigned last October.
The 4 police chiefs and 10 officers resigned in the 3 years since the mayor took office.
A petition for his resignation was presented to the Pine Ridge Town Council.
Residents said they were frustrated that the council made no comment on the police resignations.
“What culpability do you feel like you personally have in that we have no police protection?” a Pine Ridge citizen asked Mayor Wells during the October council meeting.
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