Portales Mayor, Ron Jackson, has announced his plans to resign at the end of the year due to health reasons.
Jackson is nearly two years through his current four-year term after being elected mayor in 2018 prior to winning re-election in March 2022.
Jackson has stage 4 renal failure and is undergoing dialysis at home. Because of this he has been considering stepping down for several months now.
Jackson said he expects that water, city employee recruitment and retention, and wide-ranging recovery from the pandemic and lockdowns will continue to be major issues for city leadership going forward.
His last council meeting will be Dec. 12. and incoming council members will be sworn in on January 2.