PRATT, W.Va. (MetroNews) - Two-term Pratt Mayor Ann Neese has resigned. She did so before town council's meeting Tuesday night. Neese had 10-months left on her second term.
Neese tells 58WCHS, WSAZ.com's media partner, family health issues and the stress of the job in the small eastern Kanawha County town caught up with her. Her mother and aunt both died during the past year. Neese also cites the pressure created by the ethics complaint filed against her for being both the mayor and police chief.
"I'm hoping I'll be able to get a little peace and a little rest now, but I'm hoping even more so the town's name won't be slung around like it has been and they can move forward," Neese said.
She calls the decision very difficult. "I had to weigh my commitment to the town and the love for the people against my own sanity and my family," she said.
Neese believes there's still room for a small town like Pratt that has its own water and sewer systems and it doesn't have to be swallowed up by metro government. "I think we're actually a benefit to the other towns as well as the state," she said.
Pratt Recorder Ellen Hopkins is now acting mayor. Pratt Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday night to decide its next step.