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February 27, 2014

Marlow mayor resigns to focus on business

MARLOW — Marlow Mayor Bob Hill plans to resign the mayorship to devote more time to his growing business.

Hill made the unexpected announcement on Tuesday night at the council meeting.

Vice Mayor Mickey Hoy will chair the council for two meetings until he is replaced by Danny J. Glover, who was elected earlier this month after Hoy decided not to run.

The council will appoint someone to fill Hill’s council position on April 22.

Hill still has to submit a resignation letter that must be approved by the council, said Marlow Administrator Jason McPherson.

Hill said the plumbing and pipefitting business in which he is a partner has grown rapidly and requires more of his time.

“I don’t think I’m going to be able to devote enough time to the City of Marlow as mayor or even as a city councilman,” Hill said. “I don’t think it’s fair, especially while we’re going into the budget season.”

Hill was elected mayor two years ago and still has a year left on his term.

Hill said when he first became mayor, he didn’t know his business would grow so rapidly.

Although faced with a tough decision, Hill said he needed to tend to the needs of his customers. His position on the Marlow City Council is volunteer.

“I was really pleased to work with the city council and the city manager we have now,” Hill said. “We have some new guys on the council who ask a lot of good questions, and the city manager has done a great job explaining things.

“I think it’s a pretty exciting time for the city of Marlow. I’m sorry I’m not going to be a part of it.”

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