Progressive Democrat Mayor of Crawfordsville, Indiana John Zumer has resigned as Mayor.
He's not resigning because of a scandal.
He's not resigning to "spend more time with his family"; he doesn't have one.
No, the 42 year old Mayor is resigning to rejoin the Army.
"I never ran for office for a job, an office or a pay check. Some people see politics as a calling. There are other callings."
He said this at the City Council meeting where he shocked everyone with his announcement. He had 4 months left on his term, and he had been defeated by his own party in a primary for a second term.
He had served in Desert Storm as a Combat Engineer. Now he's trading in his job as mayor and will have the rank of Specialist. But now, instead of a Combat Engineer, he'll be a journalist.
Zumer said that his last day in office will be Sept. 23 and he has decided to reenlist on active duty in the United States Army.
"I have put a lot of thought into this," Zumer said. "I have enjoyed my time as mayor. I want to go back (to the army) while I still have the chance. Certain windows of opportunity were closing."
...He will leave Sept. 24 for Fort Sill, Okla.
"I will be there long enough to get my equipment," Zumer said. "I will be there for four weeks for a refresher program. I can still be deployed anywhere."
Zumer was the first Democratic Mayor of this city in 20 years.
"We were all in complete shock," Councilman Chuck Fiedler said. "We all wish him well. He was a progressive mayor. He had a lot of progressive ideas. It will be an interesting last three months."