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Mayor resigns

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Jun 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

It was a sad night for Greenwich Council on Tuesday as they accepted the resignation for longtime mayor Lowell Etzler.

Etzler retired for health reasons, according to officials.

At the Etzler home Wednesday, the former mayor said he had served as mayor for 10 years and prior to that served the village as a councilman for 15 years.

"I'd rather not make any comment," Etzler said of his resignation.

Apparently, the resignation was not planned for long as the village agreed last year to change its council meeting dates to allow Etzler to further his civic education.

Etzler has not only served the village, but also has sat on several county organizations as well over the years.

Meanwhile, Clester Inmon, another official who serves as the village's zoning inspector and is married to Council Clerk Betty Inmon, said: "Oh, we all (hate to see him go.)"

But, Inmon understands Etzler's position and said he's smart for hanging up his hat and taking care of himself instead of serving the public at this time.

"It's best for him to resign. He was smart about it. ... He doesn't need the stress of being mayor right now," Inmon said.

Last year, Etzler came under fire from a resident who was in a feud with the mayor's son, a controversy that carried on for months. While the situation has simmered down, the job is still a stressful one, Inmon said.

Neither Betty Inmon, nor Village Administrator Virgil Giles, were available for comment Wednesday. However Clester Inmon said two councilmen were transferred into different positions to help fill the loss of the mayor.

Wes Sallee was appointed mayor and Mike Lloyd was appointed council president.

At the next council meeting, July 8, officials will determine how they will replace the vacant council seat, Inmon said.

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