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By EMIL WHITIS
Daily Press Staff Writer
Artesia Mayor Pro Tem George Holmes tendered his resignation Tuesday night during an executive session of the Artesia City Council.
In a letter Holmes read to the council during a closed session, he cited a desire to retire as the reason behind his decision.
“(My wife and I) are lucky and have been able to make retirement work and are very fortunate to be able to travel and do things while we are physically able,” said Holmes.
He stated it was in the best interest of the city and his private life to step aside. Holmes reasoned were he to maintain the position, he would be holding the city and himself from accomplishing their divergent goals.