Brazil's Clerk-Treasurer, Patricia A. Whistler, resigned Thursday afternoon.
In a letter, filed with the County Clerk's Office, Whistler stated her desires to be with family and friends and the job itself as her reasons for the decision.
"I ran for office wanting to make a difference in our community. I have come to realize the demands and stress of this position have made it difficult for me to reach the goals required by the Clerk's office.
"At this point in my life I want to spend more time with my family and friends."
There is some confusion as to who will take Whistler's place, at least temporarily. Though by state law Deputy Clerk Tracy Webster would be the one to take Whistler's position, Mayor Tom Arthur said her relatively short time of three weeks in the office would make it hard for her to perform all of the necessary duties.
"She's a little reluctant on assuming those duties until we talk some more about it, though by state law she would be the one to assume the duties."
Arthur said he should have "some sort of announcement on Monday."
For the next couple of days a previous deputy, Lori Brown, will assist the Clerk's Office while the administration smooths things out. By law, Brown cannot work as Clerk-treasurer or as a mayoral appointment because she lives outside of city limits.
Arthur held a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday. Check The Times tomorrow for information from this meeting.
City Council President Ann Bradshaw offered comment on Whistler's decision to leave:
"I want to thank Pat for her months of service to the community and wish her the best of luck," she said.