Wilmington Mayor's Chief of Staff Resigns

Bill Montgomery resignation is affective next Friday

 The chief of staff to Wilmington's mayor is resigning his post to continue campaigning for mayor himself.

Bill Montgomery's resignation is effective at the close of business next Friday.

Montgomery recently suspended his campaign while he sought an opinion from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on whether campaigning for mayor while serving as chief of staff violated the Hatch Act. That law prohibits federal employees, as well as state and local government workers whose jobs are connected to federal dollars, from running for political office.

As chief of staff, Montgomery oversees city departments that receive federal funds.

Montgomery has yet to receive the OSC's opinion but decided to step down to focus on his campaign.

 Mayor James Baker plans to announce new staffing positions next week.

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