The newly-elected mayor of Blythe tendered his resignation Friday prior to being sworn in.
Tom Cobb cited health issues and personal reasons and asked for “continual prayers” in a Friday letter, obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, in which he declines the mayor’s position.
Cobb’s wife, Komkai Cobb, said her husband is having health issues from a surgery about two months ago and that he was unavailable for comment Monday.
Cobb, who previously served as Blythe mayor from 2000-2010, was unopposed for election in November. The term of current mayor Brent Weir, who did not run for reelection, expired Dec. 31, according to Blythe City Clerk Loriann Chancey. Weir succeeded former Blythe mayor Patricia Cole.
The agenda for a Blythe city council meeting Monday includes a call for a special election March 20 to fill the vacancy. Other agenda items include oath-of-office ceremonies for incoming council members Cynthia Parham and Daisy Price, the annual rehiring of city staff and approving two signers for city bank accounts.
Cobb, who is in his late 60s, ran for the Augusta Commission District 8 seat in 2010, losing to incumbent Wayne Guilfoyle.
Weir said a recent job promotion leaves him without enough time to run again for the post, but was optimistic other candidates will soon present themselves.
“I wish I could step back in and run for mayor,” Weir said. “I am sure that someone over the next few weeks will show the desire to step up and lead the city.”
The U.S. Census estimated Blythe’s population at around 700 people for 2016. The city funds a small police department, a planning board, library and water and sewer service. Blythe city limits include areas of both Richmond and Burke counties.