- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

HAMPTON, Fla. (AP) - A north Florida mayor who is jailed on drug charges has resigned from office.

The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/O0kAib ) reports Hampton Mayor Barry Layne Moore submitted his resignation on Tuesday. He’s being held in the Bradford County Jail on allegations of selling oxycodone.

Moore was suspended from office in November. He has not posted $45,000 bail.

Officials say Moore asked city councilman Bill Goodge, who is a sergeant at the jail, to help him with the resignation.

“He didn’t want to embarrass the city any more, and if he did, he apologizes, Goodge said. “I was hoping he’d do it. That way Hampton can go on. Instead of looking backwards, we can go forward with a new mayor.”

Acting Mayor Myrtice McCullough has been running the city since November.

The letter was succinct.

“I, Barry Layne Moore, being of sound mind and body, ask that you would please accept this letter as notification that I am leaving my position with the City of Hampton, effective immediately,” he wrote.

The mayor’s arrest, which came just weeks after he was elected, is the latest piece of bad news for the city of 500 residents.

A scathing state audit led to an ongoing criminal investigation and talk of the dissolution of the city government.

State Sen. Rob Bradley and state Rep. Charles Van Zant decided in February to move ahead with the dissolution process. But they plan to meet with the city’s residents to see if they’ve come up with a reasonable plan to address problems such as poor records-keeping and financial mismanagement.

After the audit was released last month, the city’s maintenance operator, police chief and new city clerk all resigned. Last week, two city councilmen and the city attorney all resigned.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com

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