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Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood Resigns

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood gives a thumbs up before the city council meeting, w...

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Above: Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood gives a thumbs up before the city council meeting, where he was granted an extension to his medical leave. His council aide, Debbie Walker-Mikulay, is at his side, Oct. 4, 2017.

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood Resigns

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Alison St John, North County reporter, KPBS News

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One week after returning to the City Council dais after recovering from a stroke, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood resigned, effective Jan. 1, the city announced Wednesday.

Wood, 69, submitted his resignation in a letter to City Clerk Zack Beck.

He suffered his stroke in the spring and announced in May that he would take a leave of absence. Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery filled in during while he recovered.

RELATED: Oceanside Council Extends Mayor Wood’s Medical Leave

Wood was mayor for more than 13 years, following three decades of service in the city's police department.

"It has been such an honor to serve the city that I have lived in for over 65 years; as a police office, a councilmember and mayor," Wood wrote. "I will truly miss the daily interaction with both staff and the community. My sincere hope was to continue my current term of office; however, I now need to focus on my health full-time."

The city faces several contentious issues that will not be resolved without a fifth vote on the city council: for example, next week they will vote on whether to allow marijuana cultivation within the city

The mayor is parting with a recommendation: he respectfully requests his colleagues to appoint either the city clerk, Zack Beck, or the former city manager, Peter Weiss, to fill the remainder of his three year term.

Both Beck and Weiss say they would be willing to accept the position if appointed.

The City Council has until February 7th to appoint a successor or call a special election in June.

Wood was reelected last year with 63 percent of the vote.

One week after returning to the City Council dais after recovering from a stroke, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood resigned, effective Jan. 1, the city announced Wednesday.

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