After serving more than three decades of public service, Surf City Mayor Doug Medlin has resigned.
Medlin announced his decision to step down during the Surf City Town Council meeting Tuesday, saying he wanted to focus on his family and health, according to a town news release.
Councilwoman Teresa Batts has been appointed mayor and was sworn in following Tuesday’s meeting.
“I am so proud of all the things I have been able to contribute to,” Medlin said in a statement. “I am glad I was able to help our community and I will continue to help from a different place and perspective. I am proud that I led the charge on getting our sewer started here in our town back in the 80’s. I am proud that I worked to update our water treatment system. I am extremely proud that I worked with a group of people on beach nourishment and relieved that we have finally secured that project this year!”
During his more than 35 years of public service to the town, Medlin played a key role in the expansion of the town’s parks and recreation amenities and seeing through with construction of the Surf City bridge and new municipal complex, which opened last year.
His time on the town council spans back to 1988, when he was sworn is a councilman and appointed mayor pro-tem. He served as mayor from December 1989 to December 1991.
In 2019, he was voted in again as mayor, a title he held until his announcement yesterday.
The search is now on for someone to fill the vacant council seat.
The town “will be publishing a process to openly select” a person to fill the position, according to the release.
A public celebration celebrating Medlin will be announced soon.