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GOLD BAR MAYOR LINDA LOEN ABRUPTLY RESIGNS
March 12, 2016
Mayor Loen's resignation letter. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Gold Bar's newly eected Mayor Linda Loen at right takes oath of office Jan. 7, 2014. Photo by Ray Coleman. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- They were sixteen short words and that was it. The Sky Valley Chronicle has learned that Gold Bar Mayor Linda Loen resigned her office Wednesday March 9 for reasons not specified.
See resignation letter at right, top icon. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The letter simply said, "As of March 9, 2016 I tender my resignation as Mayor of the City of Gold Bar," and was signed by Linda Loen.
She gave no reason for her resignation and several attempts to reach Ms. Loen Friday by the Chronicle were unsuccessful.
Linda Loen was elected Mayor in November 2013 and took her oath of office at the first council meeting the following year on January 7, 2014. She succeeded Joe Beavers who was Mayor of the town for four years.
The Chronicle was able to reach longtime Gold Bar resident and former council member Dorothy Croshaw on Friday who said it was her understanding after speaking with the Mayor that Ms. Loen's decision to step down was a personal one and had to do with the health of a loved one and family member who has not been doing well of late due to an injury.
On January 19, 2016 Gold Bar council member Thomas Palmer, Mayor Loen's life partner/significant other resigned from the council due to health reasons.
Croshaw said that Gold Bar's Mayor pro tem Lee Hodo would take over the Mayor's duties until the council votes to make him officially the town's new mayor.
That would open up Hodo's position on the council for someone to fill.