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Mar 2, 2012 8:20 AM by AP

Echols resigns as Forest Hill mayor

FOREST HILL, La. (AP) - Sam Echols has officially resigned as mayor of Forest Hill.

The Town Talk reports Echols has submitted a notarized letter to the Secretary of State's Office.

Echols said in the statement that even though Forest Hill is a village, the time required to be an effective mayor requires more than he can provide without sacrificing his commitment to family and his employer.

Echols was elected in October 2010, winning a three-candidate primary with 62 percent of the vote. He succeeded four-term Mayor Marcia Young, who did not seek re-election.

The Village Council will appoint an acting mayor, who will serve until a special election is held in the fall for a mayor to serve the remainder of Echols' term.

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