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By Katie Teachout
Managing Editor 

Cook rescinds resignation

 

Last updated 3/19/2020 at 5:32am

RITZVILLE - Mayor Gary Cook has rescinded his resignation and will continue to lead the city in the wake of the coronavirus emergency declaration.

Cook said following his decision Friday, March 13, to close City Hall and declare a city-wide emergency due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, he did not believe it was a good time to leave his position.

"In light of signing the emergency proclamation and the anticipated term of suspending some city operations, I am rescinding my plan to resign," Cook said. "I plan to stay in the position of mayor as long as is required, given the current situation."

He previously announced plans to step down March 31.

The city will continue to receive guidance from federal, state and local officials, and pay close attention to the advice of the Adams County Health Department and other appropriate agencies, he said.

"This is a trying time for everyone in this country, and it is inappropriate for me to hand the position of mayor over to a new person, given the current situation," Cook said. "I'm confident that if we exercise the ample amount of caution we will all be fine. I look forward to my continued service to the City of Ritzville and the community."

As of Monday, March 16, city hall closed to the public temporarily, with all scheduled meetings or other events in the city to be conducted by phone or cancelled altogether.

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Katie Teachout, Editor

Katie Teachout is the editor of The Ritzville Adams County Journal. Previously, she worked as a reporter at The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, the Oroville Gazette-Tribune, Northern Kittitas County Tribune and the Methow Valley News. She is a graduate of Western Washington University.

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