GREENVILLE, Miss.--Greenville Mayor Chuck Jordan announced earlier this week that he is leaving office, effective Friday. The reason-he found out he has pancreatic cancer. He addressed the issue with News Mississippi, saying he originally expected to be in the office "until I dropped", but decided on the advice of a colleague that he would instead spend his time with family.
He says there will be an election to fill the spot within 30 days. The deadline to qualify is Oct. 2.
The city of 35,000 is the largest in the Delta, but has become notorious for its high crime rate. Many had hoped that Jordan's administration would be the one to help bring crime down and boost economic viability. Jordan says he was working on those goals and is leaving many projects behind.
One bright spot in 2012 was the first ever Delta Hot Tamale Festival, where Greenville was declared the "Hot Tamale Capital of the World".