- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - The mayor of small city in southeast Alabama says he’s leaving office because of declining health.

Midland City Mayor Virgil Skipper submitted a resignation letter Wednesday. In the letter, Skipper says his doctor advised him to step down, saying he’s no longer able to carry out all of his duties as mayor.

The Dothan Eagle reports (bit.ly/1RQnmUZ) Skipper has served as mayor since he first won election in 2008. The city of 2,300 people is located about 10 miles northwest of Dothan.

Midland City attorney Robert Brogden says the city council has 60 days to appoint either a councilman or a qualified resident to serve as mayor until the next city election in August.

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