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Jerry Spaulding has stepped down after less than four months in office. He submitted his resignation last month.

COURTESY IMAGE - Mayor Jerry Spaulding submitted this resignation letter last month. The rest of his term will be served by Council President David Meeker.The city of Gaston is under new leadership.

Mayor Jerry Spaulding stepped down last month, after less than four months on the job, the city has confirmed.

According to the city of Gaston, Spaulding submitted a letter of resignation on April 8. Two days later, at the city council's April meeting, Council President David Meeker was appointed to serve the rest of Spaulding's term, which doesn't end until 2023.

In his handwritten, one-sentence letter sent to the city, Spaulding gave no reason for his resignation, which took effect immediately. Spaulding has not returned phone calls or emails to this newspaper.

Meeker said Spaulding's reasons for leaving the office so early into his term were mundane.

"There was a lot of stuff at City Hall that he didn't enjoy," Meeker told the News-Times on May 9. "Just, you know, usual city business and employees."

Spaulding served on the Gaston City Council for eight years and ran unopposed for mayor in 2018. He replaced Tony Hall, the former mayor who decided not to seek re-election citing health issues.

Meeker said, as mayor, he wants the city to focus on homeless issues, vandalism and "thievery."

"The usual stuff," Meeker said.

The Gaston City Council meets monthly. Its next meeting is scheduled for June 12.

By Geoff Pursinger
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