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Acting Carbondale mayor will not seek public office again

Acting Mayor Don Monty will step down from public service at the conclusion of his term in May 2015. Acting Mayor Don Monty will step down from public service at the conclusion of his term in May 2015.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Voters will have new names to choose from on the ballot for the next mayor of Carbondale.

Acting Mayor Don Monty says he will not run for the post or seek any other city office in 2015. Monty made the announcement at Tuesday night's Carbondale City Council meeting.

Monty has been serving as mayor since Mayor Joel Fritzler resigned in January. Previously, Monty was elected to the city council in 2011. In 2006 he retired after 35 years as a City of Carbondale employee.

In a press release, Monty says it was a difficult decision not to seek public office again, but he's ready to enjoy retirement.

“By the end of my present term of office, I will have given over forty years of service to the citizens of Carbondale,” Monty said. “This has involved considerable sacrifice for me, my wife and my children. I now need to spend time for me and my family.”

Monty says his time serving as acting mayor taught him that the Mayor's seat is not simply a ceremonial one. It is a very demanding job.

“The Mayor is expected to be in the office almost daily to deal with correspondence, answer phone calls, and respond to e-mails,” Monty said. “The Mayor also meets with citizens and organizations, goes to ribbon cuttings, attends community events, represents the City with State and Federal officials, consults with the City Manager, and much more.”

Monty says he will finish out his term as acting mayor and retire permanently from public service in May 2015.

“Now it is time for others to step forward and give the public a chance to decide who will lead the City of Carbondale for the next four years,” Monty said.

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