SAUK VILLAGE | Village President Lewis Towers resigned his position Wednesday evening, effective immediately, Village Clerk Debbie Williams said late Wednesday.
Williams confirmed Towers sent an email to her, the members of the Village Board and the village attorneys at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. In the email, Towers cited health and family reasons for his decision to step down.
Williams said trustees met Wednesday evening at Village Hall after receiving the email. They did not know what to make of Towers' resignation.
"We are just as shell-shocked as everybody else," Williams said. "He didn't really explain why. He said it was about his health and family concerns and that he thought his family was more important than being mayor."
According to Williams, Trustee David Hanks will be appointed as interim village president for the remainder of Towers’ term, which is set to expire in April. Hanks is the senior trustee on the board.
Calls to Towers, Hanks and Trustee Derrick Burgess were not immediately returned Wednesday night.
A notice of an emergency meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall was sent to The Times on Wednesday evening. The agenda consists of appointing an interim village president and appointing a replacement trustee for Robert Chavez, who resigned in September.
Williams said the board and other village officials were concerned about Towers.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Towers,” she said. “We hope that in the long run things are better for him.”
Towers was elected in April 2009 as the first black village president of Sauk Village. The recent contaminated well water crisis in the village was just the latest in a series of unfortunate events that have plagued the village since he took office.
During the past three years, two village managers have been dismissed, as well as a police chief. The village is currently more than $2 million in debt.