The City of Henry will be seeking a new mayor.

The Board of Aldermen Thursday night learned that Michael Gross had submitted a letter of resignation for personal reasons. Gross has been mayor since November 2014.

The city’s attorney, Beau Pemberton of Dresden, outlined the procedures the board should now follow.

Vice Mayor Cindy Rainey will serve as interim mayor but first the board will have to have a special called meeting in which to declare a vacancy.

After that, Rainey will assume the office, then she and the board will appoint someone to serve in her alderman’s position.

Pemberton said, in the meantime, Gross cannot conduct any city business.

Gross was not present Thursday.

The board deferred action on a list of surplus equipment to be sold.

Board members also learned the small downtown water tower would be painted and upgraded early next week. However, work on the large tower would not be done until spring.

Michael Morris, police chief, reported the city’s parttime officer had resigned.

The board approved paying bills totaling almost $11,660 for the month.

Included in the bills was repair of the heating/air conditioning unit at the Henry Civic Center for more than $850.

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