Goodyear mayor resigns

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Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh By Jennifer Thomas Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh By Jennifer Thomas

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh has resigned, citing a lack of effectiveness.

In a letter addressed to the citizens of Goodyear, Cavanaugh announced his resignation effective at 8 a.m. Monday.

"The past couple years have been very disappointing to me," Cavanaugh said in the letter. "My effectiveness as your mayor has been diminished by a strong collaboration of city manager and a majority of city council."

Vice Mayor Georgia Lord is the acting mayor.

City spokeswoman Nora Fascenelli said a special meeting of the Goodyear City Council is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Goodyear Justice Center. At that time, the council will recognize the vacancy in the office of the mayor, appoint an interim vice mayor, and call for a special election.

Cavanaugh was re-elected to a third term as Goodyear mayor in March 2009 and there are more than two years currently remaining on his term in office.

Fascenelli said Goodyear's City Charter requires that the council hold a special election to fill the unexpired term of the mayor's office. Calling for a special election requires 120 days notice.