By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

GARRETT, Ind. (AP) - The mayor of a small city in northeastern Indiana has died after what officials say was a brief fight with cancer.

Fifty-two-year-old Tonya Hoeffel was elected Garrett’s mayor in 2011 after serving on the City Council. Council President Brad Stump says Hoeffel died Sunday at her home.

Police Chief Keith Hefner tells WANE-TV that Hoeffel was at work last week and that her last words to him were to take care of the police department.

The Auburn Star reports Hoeffel lost May’s Republican primary in her bid for a second term. She said an election factor was the debate over a multi-million dollar restoration of the century-old City Hall in the 6,000-person community about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne.

Funeral services were pending with Pinnington-McComb Funeral Home in Auburn.

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