Facing felony, misdemeanor charges, Monticello mayor resigns

     (AP) – Monticello Mayor Zackery Tucker has resigned as he
faces a felony charge of tampering with a public record and a misdemeanor count
of abuse of office.
     Tucker submitted a one-sentence letter Tuesday to City Attorney Whit Barton
saying he would resign as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
     Tucker was charged in September after an Arkansas State Police investigation
found that he wrongfully funneled funds from the city and solicited loans that
he never repaid from the city and economic development agencies to a nonprofit
he had ties with.
     Tucker's attorney, Hani Hashem, wrote in a court filing that Tucker has had
"significant negotiations" toward a plea agreement and will pay restitution.
     Former Mayor David Anderson was named interim mayor until a special election
is held to select a new mayor.


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