GREENVILLE – (AP) Greenville Mayor Chuck Jordan announced his resignation Wednesday. He said he made the decision after learning he has pancreatic cancer.
The Delta Democrat Times reports that Jordan’s resignation will take effect at midnight Monday.
Jordan, a retired banker, was elected mayor in December after defeating Democrat Carl McGee. He was inaugurated on Jan. 3.
“Greenville is going forward,” Jordan said during a news conference at city hall. “The Lord throws different challenges to us all, and I have received one of those.
“I’m going to fade away, but the community will continue, and it will be great, and it will continue. We’ll be the pride of Mississippi and the pride of the southeast and certainly the heart and soul of the Delta.”
During his campaign for office, Jordan said he planned to improve the city through a five-point plan that included curbing crime, creating jobs, improving education accountability, improving infrastructure and cleaning up the city.
“It’s been a great ride,” he said. “A lot has been accomplished and will be accomplished in the years to come. Attitude is everything.
“I’ve given the community enough energy to go forward and do more than we’ve done before. But as I’ve said, it’s not about me – it’s about the community working together. I’m merely that guy handing out the tasks. … Now, they – the community – believes in themselves, so it will go forward.””
Jordan said Vice Mayor Carolyn Weathers will be acting mayor until a special election on Oct. 22.
City Attorney Andy Alexander said the deadline for mayoral candidates to qualify for the special election is 5 p.m. Oct. 2.