By QCS Staff
Mary Mayfield resigned Thursday as city commissioner and mayor of Tucumcari, effective immediately.
Mayfield, elected mayor in 2004, is the first woman in the city’s history to serve as mayor.
She had been advised by medical professionals to resign, according to her letter of resignation.
“As some of you know, my health has been an issue for the past year,” she wrote.
She also said that serving as commissioner and mayor has been a real “highlight of my life.”
City Manager John Sutherland said Friday he was examining city ordinances to determine whether the city needs to hold a special election or make an appointment to the commission.
The City Commission is expected to address the vacancy at its next meeting, on Sept. 27, Sutherland said.
Mayfield is a former school bus driver, who went back to school and earned her college degree and became a social worker.
When she was elected mayor in 2004, she said, ï¿½The biggest challenge at this time for the city and the city commission is economic development.ï¿½
Known for her humor and wit, Mayfield most recently joked that she would miss the orange barrels on First Street when that project was nearing completion last month.