Northwood Mayor Cites Health Reasons for Resignation

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By Aaron Hepker

NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of northern Iowa town who faces criminal harassment charges has resigned, citing health reasons.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Northwood City Attorney John Greve confirmed Wednesday that Mayor Randy Severson resigned at Tuesday's council meeting. Severson has said he's dealing with a mild traumatic brain injury suffered in a 2002 accident.

In September Severson was charged with misdemeanor harassment. Authorities say he sent emails to a woman after being warned not to contact her. Court records say he's pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

The 48-year-old Severson was serving his second term as mayor.

Councilwoman Jane Bloomingdale was appointed to serve as interim mayor.

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