Marmaduke mayor suddenly resigns

by Stan Morris email | twitter

MARMADUKE, AR (KAIT) - What we know right now isn't much but ten minutes prior to an emergency city council meeting last Friday, the now-interim mayor, Betty Jackson, says she found out the mayor was stepping down.

Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston says federal agents and Arkansas State Police are investigating Phillips, though state police would neither confirm nor deny this.

Jackson says it came as a shock to her and she is now just trying to move forward.

"I really didn't know what all was going on in his life. I knew he was coming in here and did have problems and all this kind of thing," Jackson said.

We tried to contact Phillips for his side of the story, but were unable to reach him.

Interim Mayor Jackson says while Phillips was a popular mayor, she just wants everyone to get behind her as she takes the city forward until a new mayor is selected.

I just want the support from everybody. Lets keep the community going and lets do everything we can to keep us going forward," added Jackson.

The method for that selection could possibly be decided at the next city council meeting on July 20.