Tishomingo mayor resigns from position at council meeting Tuesday night

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Don Keel has served as Mayor of Tishomingo since April 2018 and announced his resignation at the city council meeting Tuesday night.

Keel said his decision to resign stemmed from having an ill family member, as well as other family who live a few states away.

"I actually have children that live in Utah and I wanted to move out into that area to be close to my children," Keel said.

Keel also served on the Tishomingo City council between 2015 and 2017 before taking off a year due to illness.

He said some of his biggest projects have been a new water plant and sewer plant for the city, as well as working to improve city streets.

"I think that we've really made a lot of progress in a lot of different areas." Keel said.

He said the city council's firing of former city manager Steve Kelly did not play in to his resignation.

"My decision was based solely on the difficulty that my family faces and faced with the illness," Keel said. "That's it. That's the only reason."

Vice Mayor Sue Robins is now the acting mayor.

City Hall Office Manager, Dianna Pitts, said the city council has to appoint a new member and will appoint a new mayor to serve the rest of Keel's term on Mon. Sept. 16.

"But I'm happy for him," Pitts said. "He had some health issues and he's wanting to move closer to his children. I think that's a good thing for him."

Keel plans to leave Tishomingo and travel to Utah on Monday.

"I would just like to thank everyone in the City of Tishomingo for not only supporting me, but supporting the Tishomingo City government," Keel said.