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Winona city council votes to accept mayor's resignation

WINONA, TX (KLTV) - The Winona city council has voted 3-1 in favor of accepting DeDe Stroud's resignation as mayor of the small town.

Stroud hugged several people after the meeting and said she does not know what her next step is, but she is not giving up on her community.

Concerned citizens at Thursday night's meeting say they don't blame Stroud of resigning. Many say the city council is not answering their question about the city's debt or why Stroud was stripped of her power as mayor. 

"I respect her decision to do what she had to do. I think she did a good job while she was in office, considering all of the things she stated she went through," said Kristle Mewes, who's lived in Winona for nearly 20 years. 

"The city council never gives any answers. I think the decision is wrong. Our mayor should be DeDe. She's here to help us and they are here to defeat us," said Tanya Isham, another Winona resident at the meeting.

Stroud spoke out Wednesday about confrontations in city hall that led to her resignation earlier this week.

Stroud said the trouble in Winona started shortly after coming into office a few months ago. She claims confrontations with city employees and actions by the city council made her job irrelevant

"There are a lot of issues going on and the wrong people are in charge," Stroud said.

Stroud says she was elected to bring change to a city with problems, but claims the city council had other plans.

"Instead, the council put all day-to-day authority on to the chief of police, Bryan Richards," Stroud said, "I knew it was going to be hard, I knew there were a lot of issues I was going to have to focus on, but I never expected the fight, the day-to-day battle inside the city hall."

Stroud says the city council has stripped power away from her since becoming mayor. 

Mayor Pro Tem Earl Brown says he will fill in as Winona's mayor until a new mayor is elected. 

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