Ruston’s circus-like political theater has led to another early departure of an elected official.
Mayor Michael Transue, who has been involved in tense arguments with the Town Council over the future of the town, announced his resignation at Monday night’s council meeting.
Transue, who has held office since 2005, had more than a year left in his term.
“Our town government is presently functioning neither cohesively nor in a fashion that benefits the good people of our town,” Transue wrote in his resignation letter, which was distributed at the meeting. “A hostile, rancorous and sometimes ill-manned environment permeates many of our Town Council meetings and study sessions.
“I have worked hard to guide this council and our community and to provide thoughtful insight, but to little avail.”
The council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday to name an interim mayor.