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Swisher Mayor, City Clerk Resign

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SWISHER, Iowa - The Swisher City Council will meet for a special session next week to decipher what to do following the abrupt resignation of a city leader and staff member earlier this week.

Swisher Mayor Tim Mason and city clerk Connie Meier resigned during a regular council meeting on Monday. Councilor Mary Gudenkauf is currently serving as mayor.

Councilor Michael Stagg was out of town on Monday and said he received word of the resignations Wednesday morning. Stagg said he wouldn't comment on the specifics that led Mason and Meier to resign since he wasn't at the meeting.

City attorney Bob Michael would not comment on the two resignations and Mason, along with the remaining councilors, have not returned calls seeking comment.

Stagg said the council will hold a special session Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall to decide how to find a permanent replacement for the mayor and city clerk. The council will consider whether to appoint someone to fill the mayor's final two years of his four year term, hold a special election, or have a city councilor step in.

Stagg, who was appointed earlier this year to the council and elected in the most recent election, said he'd personally never heard the mayor or clerk express any intent to resign prior to Monday's meeting.

He admitted he's still trying to grasp the recent events.

"I'm not surprised but I'm kind of shocked," he said. "But at the same time, things happen."

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