Cottage Grove, Ore., mayor quitting after 12 years

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COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- The mayor of the Willamette Valley city of Cottage Grove, Ore., says he'll step down when his term ends in December -- after 12 years on the job.

Mayor Gary Williams told Monday night's City Council meeting that this is a good time to turn the mayor's office over to someone else. In his words, "We have held this city together in really good shape, where other cities are really struggling."

The Register-Guard reports that elected officials in Cottage Grove are unpaid and not subject to term limits.

Williams joined the City Council in 1997 and first ran for mayor in 2000, with public safety and job creation as priorities.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com