- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HARTSELLE, Ala. — The mayor of Hartselle will resign effective Dec. 1, a decision announced after city officials scheduled a meeting to discuss whether he had used the adultery website Ashley Madison.

Interim Mayor Bill Smelser will become mayor when current Mayor Don Hall steps down.

Local news outlets report that Hall resigned one day after city officials scheduled a meeting to consider what actions they could take after his name appeared on a list linked to the website intended to facilitate cheating. Hall denied using the website and said he doesn’t know how his name got on the list. Hall said he performed all his duties as mayor and would step down because he believed it was best for the city.

Smesler said city officials and Hall had previously struggled with communication issues.

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