Anthony mayor declines to comment on possible resignation

Anthony mayor declines to comment on possible resignation
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 10:15pm

The longtime mayor of Anthony was in attendance at Tuesday evening's regularly scheduled meeting, but did not comment on his possible resignation after pleading guilty to a third degree felony.

The meeting could perhaps be one of the last times the mayor of 20 years serves in his current capacity after he was sentenced to three years probation and community service.

"I wish him the best and I know he will pursue other endeavors and he will succeed," said Village of Vinton Mayor Madeleine Praino.

Praino was in attendance at the meeting to support her counterpart from the neighboring town.

She said they have a good working relationship and have helped each other whenever possible.

She added Franco has always been a passionate public servant.

"Don't forget 20 years of the labor of love the mayor put into this town," Praino said.

Praino did not directly say Franco told her he was resigning but she said she would support him.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, students from Anthony High School presented Franco with a signed photo.

Teachers and other community members also expressed their gratitude.

"I know you've never let them (students) down and I appreciate everything you've done for us here," said Eduardo Chavez.

After the meeting was over Franco stepped into another room shutting the door behind him.

The mayor never addressed a possible resignation but the day after his court appearance he posted a message on Facebook.

"I am going to miss being Mayor but things happen for a reason," Franco wrote.

The town attorney and two alderpersons said a special meeting will be scheduled for Monday but they could not elaborate on the agenda.

They said it would be up to the mayor to announce if he will be resigning.

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