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Smyrna mayor steps down to focus on outside career

SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) -

Smyrna Mayor Tony Dover has announced his resignation, effective 4 p.m. Thursday, saying the time commitments have become too great to maintain a full-time career.

In a letter sent to the town manager's office Thursday, Dover said he is "no longer able to dedicate the time and energy necessary to effectively serve as mayor."

Vice-Mayor Mary Esther Reed will replace Dover and will be sworn into her new role as mayor at the next Town Council meeting Sept. 10.

Smyrna Town Council positions are part time, so members also have outside jobs. Dover said recent changes with his full-time job made it necessary to end his time as mayor.

"I am proud of my years of service and although this has not been an easy decision to make, I have always prayed that I would be able to recognize when it is my time to step away. Now is that time," Dover said in a statement.

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