Webster Parish alderwoman resigns

COTTON VALLEY, La. (AP) - A longtime Cotton Valley alderwoman has abruptly resigned, saying she's tired of fighting to improve her hometown.

Charlene Lewis announced her resignation during a special meeting of the town's council Thursday. The town's attorney, Charles Jacobs, also called it quits.

Lewis, in her 10th year, told The Times that she's thought of resigning several times over the past two years but finally "had enough" as Thursday's discussion centered on giving the town's maintenance workers a $2-per-hour raise even though promised work was never done. She also says she was upset after learning that water service to several residents - who had paid their bills - was terminated because a cut-off list had not been updated.

Lewis says her official letter of resignation was mailed Friday to the secretary of state's office.

Jacobs did not provide a reason for his resignation.

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