(WMC-TV) - Millington Mayor Richard Hodges announced his retirement Monday night. According to a letter written by Hodges and read by the city attorney Barbara Lapides at a meeting of the city's board of aldermen, the mayor's retirement will be effective January 13th.
Hodges left before the meeting of the city's board of aldermen was adjourned, leaving city attorney Barbara Lapides to read his parting words.
"After discussing this with a number of citizens and trusted advisers and most of all my Lord, I have decided to retire effective January 13, 2012," Lapides read.
Monday night's meeting was the first of Millington's mayor and board of alderman since Hodges was indicted and arrested on charges he used city resources to settle gambling debts. There was no applause from the packed house, despite a large number of folks happy to hear what they heard.
"I think it's in the best interest of Millington," Millington resident Sherry Bright said. "I'm just sorry that it took so much time to do it."
Hodges was arrested three weeks ago for allegedly using city resources to settle gambling debts. That followed a TBI raid of his home, office, and local transmission shop where authorities say illegal gambling took place. This past Friday, several community leaders urged him to resign.
"I have been told many in Millington are losing confidence in me," Hodges said in his letter. "I cannot let this stand."
Hodges took aim at the media in his letter, though his son, Daniel, said his father's decision to step down was his alone.
"There's been a lot over the last few months with our mom, his wife, and he just felt this was the best thing for our family and the city of Millington," Daniel Hodges said.
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