Neepawa's mayor is leaving office.
Mayor Ron Forsman has submitted his resignation to the Town of Neepawa after being elected in October 2010 and spending just over a year in the position.
In a news release, Forsman cites concerns about his personal health as being a contributing factor to the decision.
"I regret that I cannot fulfill my obligations and vision for the Town of Neepawa that so many of you were so supportive of," Forsman comments. "I thank you for the opportunity to have served as mayor.
"The current circumstances have negatively impacted my health and wellbeing. I therefore submit my resignation as mayor of the Town of Neepawa."
In a follow-up phone interview, Forsman noted he won't be giving further comment on his resignation at the current time but he expects to present a more detailed statement in the coming weeks.
"That's all I can say at this point," Forsman told The Neepawa Press. "I feel I've made the right decision."
Forsman also confirmed to The Neepawa Press his personal health concerns are not of an immediate or critical nature.
"I've just got to have some time," the former mayor said.
Forsman's resignation follows several issues coming out of council and town discussions which include an affordable housing shortage accelerated by the addition of workers at Hylife Foods.
The Town of Neepawa has also been struggling to fill the void left by former CAO Allison Bardsley who resigned earlier this year, while it released its operations and maintenance director Gerry Irving this past summer as well.
See the Dec. 21 edition of The Neepawa Press for more information on the mayor's resignation and town residents' reaction.