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Camilla city manager to resign

— CAMILLA, Ga. -- The hired head of the Camilla city government will resign at the end of April, he said in an interview with the Herald Tuesday.

Camilla City Manager Mike Larkin officially submitted his letter of resignation Friday.

Larkin has been city manager for almost three years, and began a career in municipal government after a successful military career and more than 10 years as an entrepreneur and a stint as head of a local telecommunications company.

Larkin said he's leaving for "a variety of different reasons," but admitted candidly that ongoing friction between he and Mayor Mary Jo Haywood did play a role in his decision.

"I've been thinking about this for a while and really its because of a variety of different reasons," he said. "But, for folks who know about Camilla and what's been going on, it would be a blinding flash of the obvious to say that it played a role in my decision."

Larkin and Haywood have been at odds. Haywood recently was censured by the council for the way council members contend she was interacting with city staff. Larkin was also censured only to have the censure rescinded by the council for an earlier incident.

Efforts to reach Haywood for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.