SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Sun Prairie Mayor John Murray says he's stepping down at the end of the month, confirming to 27 News he announced to the common council Tuesday night that he will leave the mayor position as of April 30. Murray says he wants to focus more time on his family and believes now is the right time to do that.
The city council will meet again next week to talk about how to fill the remaining 11 months of Murray's term. If the council is not able to come to an agreement, an ordinance states City Council President Mary Polenske will become acting mayor for the remainder of the term. There will be no special election.
Murray was elected mayor in April 2011, after serving two terms on the common council in the fourth district, including a stint as council president.
In response to Murray's retirement, Council President Mary Polenske issued the following statement to 27 News:
This past year I have had the privilege to work with Mayor Murray in my role as Council President. I respect his knowledge and dedication to our community. Speaking for city staff and council, we all thank him for his commitment to Sun Prairie and wish him well, understanding his commitment to his family and job.
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