CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Citing personal, family and health issues, Chapmanville mayor Mike Collins has resigned his office effective July 24.
In a letter, Collins noted, “I love the Town of Chapmanville and wish only the best for it. However, at this time, I know I am incapable of doing the things I know to be right in the expected time-frame, especially being a part-time mayor. I have full-time careers that will ultimately suffer because of my voluntary position in a thankless position.”
However, Collins’ letter also pointed out a synthesis of matters surrounding, “…impatient, rude citizens and business leaders who constantly accuse the town and officials of fictitious things,” as other reasons for his resignation.
Collins also commented he hopes the town council and recorder, “…will work together for what is best for the whole town…not just a vocal few. Do what is right as I know you will.”
The letter ends with Collins explaining his wishes for the continuation of a project that involves scanning and posting town ordinances and financial statements to its website.
Collins resignation follows the May 9, 2016 resignation of former Chapmanville mayor Jerry Price.
Price resigned is office after he found employment outside of the area.
Price was appointed Mayor in 2006 after the resignation of then mayor Jason Freeman.
(At the writing of the this article, Collins had not responded to requests for comment.)
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]