The mayor of a New Jersey town has resigned as part of a deal that settles a resident’s lawsuit that claimed the official no longer lives in the community.
Willingboro Mayor Christopher Walker’s decision to step down Friday came just days after he won a contested Democratic primary to seek another term on the township council. He will not seek re-election in November as part of the settlement and will also resign as a commissioner with Willingboro’s municipal utilities authority.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the settlement was reached this week, one day before the suit was due to go to trial.
The suit claimed Walker had moved out of his home and it went into foreclosure. Walker said he now lives at a different address in the town but decided to step down due to recent health problems.