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McCarty Announces Resignation Effective December 31
Shown in a Leader file photo, Oakdale Mayor J.R. McCarty has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31, 2020, as he and his wife are moving outside of the city limits.

Oakdale Mayor J.R. McCarty announced on Friday, Nov. 20 that he will resign from his elected position effective Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the wonderful community of Oakdale as its Mayor and, previously, as a Council Member,” said Mayor McCarty. “Recently, my wife and I purchased a home outside the city limits that we are currently remodeling. We plan to reside there some time after the first of the year.”

McCarty was elected to serve as a Council Member in November 2014, a position which he held until November 2018 when he was elected to serve as the Mayor. Over the last six years as both the Mayor or a Council Member he has been a champion for improving local streets and roads and strengthening public safety. Additionally, he advocated for fiscal conservative practices that have helped the City increase the City’s General Fund reserves to better prepare for economic challenges.

“Mayor McCarty’s leadership and direction over the last several years and especially during 2020 has been critically important to the City’s ability to navigate the current challenging times we now face,” said City Manager Bryan Whitemyer. “I want to personally thank Mayor McCarty for his guidance and direction and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

With McCarty’s resignation, the remaining members of the City Council will have 60 days from the effective date of his resignation to either appoint a replacement or call for a special election to fill that position for the remainder of the term that expires November 2022.