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Alto mayor quits

ALTO, TX (AP) -

The mayor of an embattled East Texas town has quit with just a few words.

Monty Collins says he went to the city secretary in Alto, wrote a note that said, "I quit on this date," and left. He tells the Jacksonville Daily Progress that his departure is effective immediately.

"The impact of it has not left, basically I've got to let it go," Collins explained in interview with KTRE.

Alto laid off all five police officers last year during a budget crunch over Collins' objections. The city council voted to reinstate its police department months later.

City council members have accused Collins of talking to reporters without their permission and ignoring other requests.

Collins stated, "I'm going to have to forgive them {city council}, I have no hard feelings."

Collins says he's leaving to avoid a fight and calls his move a separation, not a divorce.

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