By: Max Brantley, Arkansas Times
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Arkansas Times Blog) - Ruth Carney, mayor of Hot Springs since 2010, resigned Friday morning.
A city spokesman confirms the resignation, tendered about 9:30 a.m. to the city manager. It apparently didn't include a reason for the resignation. I haven't been able to get in touch with her yet.
The mayor is essentially an honorary position, one of seven on the city board of directors. It carries no additional powers. I think the city board will choose someone to serve in the interim before an election. Her term expires in December 2018.
Over the years, Carney has been controversial, feuding at times with the city's tourism industry on some of its events. She's challenged, for example, the crowd estimates for the wildly popular St. Patrick's Day Parade, billed as the world's shortest and regular including celebrity parade marshals. The parade is Friday, March 17, with Ric Flair, Alfonso Ribeiro and Uncle Kracker part of the event.
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