Only recently elected Toledo Mayor Monica Lyons announced Wednesday that she was stepping down immediately due to health reasons. She told the city council that a series of small strokes tipped off her doctors that she needed to completely de-stress her life and stay that way.
Lyons told News Lincoln County “I had a short conversation with myself about how I have two businesses to run in addition to overseeing the operations of the town of Toledo. I had to back out of something, so I decided to step down as Mayor.”
Lyons said she has had a life-long long affair with Toledo but that it will have to continue on a lower key basis. She said “If city hall needs me to help with something, I’m there – but not full time.”
Lyons owns and operates two stores that cater to her passion for quilting. She said “That should be enough.”
City Manager Michelle Amberg said that Toledo city councilors now have two options to fill this sudden vacancy; appoint a new mayor from among townspeople or hold a special election. “However,” said Amberg, “That’s a lot of money the city doesn’t have.”
Amberg said the council will likely do a lot of talking about it at their next workshop meeting.