KSLA News 12 has confirmed that Ringgold Mayor Stephone Taylor has resigned.
Taylor hand-delivered his letter of resignation addressed to the City Council and the Citizens of Ringgold shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday:
"It is with great regret that I must tender my resignation effective immediately. My company is growing and I must reorganize my corporation to better manage business affairs. It has been a privilege and a pleasure serving the Ringgold community and I am truly grateful to have had this opportunity. Sincerely, Stephone Taylor, MPA"
Taylor owns and operates Taylors Quik Stop in Ringgold.
Taylor was first elected Mayor of Ringgold in November of 2007. He had about one year left in his second term.
Long-time Council District 2 representative Bobby Guin is serving as Mayor Pro-Tem.
In 2009, Taylor won a legal battle with the Bienville Parish District Attorney about whether he lived 'in' Ringgold. DA Jonathan Stewart filed suit over Taylor's legal residency, asking that he be removed from office.
In 2010, Taylor pleaded no contest in a Texas court to charges he was indicted on in 2008, accusing him of taking a city lawn mower and using it at his home when he was the city manager of the town of Anahuac in South Texas.
Taylor was ordered to do community service, placed on probation for a year and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
He was re-elected in October 2010.
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