Dunnellon City Mayor resigns without notice

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DUNNELLON, Fla., (WCJB) -- Dunnellon City Council members say they are shocked after now-former Mayor Walter Green resigned at a meeting on Wednesday.

TV20 spoke with a council woman on the phone who says the council lost a valuable member.

Now-former Dunnellon City Mayor Walter Green resigned without notice at a city council meeting Wednesday evening.

Council members say he read a letter at the start of the meeting, announcing his resignation, saying he wanted to spend more time with family.

On the phone: a councilwoman went so far as to say green was the best mayor Dunnellon has had.

"Just heartbreak because I know that he has given so much to the city I don't know who, if anyone, can fill his shoes," said Councilwoman Valerie Hanchar, "I was shocked, I was just shocked."

Four seats now open for re-election on the council.

Councilwoman Hanchar, Councilman Dillon, Councilman Winkler, and the mayor's seat.

Vice Mayor Rick Hancock is out of town, so Councilman Larry Winkler will sit as interim mayor until Hancock returns.

The mayor's position will be filled by special election.