GILBERT, AZ — Jenn Daniels unexpectedly announced her resignation as Gilbert's mayor at a town council meeting Tuesday night.
Daniels says her resignation is effective immediately, only citing "personal reasons."
Tonight I announced my resignation as mayor of @GilbertYourTown, effective immediately.— Mayor Jenn Daniels (@GilbertAZMayor) August 12, 2020
Thank you to those who put their trust in me to lead. You have been patient and generous, and I will always be grateful for this remarkable experience. 💛
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In a letter to her constituents Tuesday, Daniels said in part, " I have loved serving the Town of Gilbert for more than 11 years. I have worked alongside amazing people - staff and council members, regional and school leaders, business owners, volunteers, faith groups and friends and neighbors - all working to make our community a better place to live, work and play."
Daniels announced in February she would not be seeking re-election, however, her current term does not end until January of 2021. She did not cite a specific reason for her departure, but did say, "it was time to pass the torch."
The town is now forced to appoint a new mayor for the next few months.
On Wednesday morning, the office for Martha McSally announced that Daniels would be joining their team of county campaign chairs. Daniels was on the Maricopa County list of chairs, alongside Sine Kerr (State Senator LD-13), Bill Gates (Maricopa County Supervisor) and Steve Chucri (Maricopa County Supervisor).
ABC15 reached out to McSally's campaign and a spokesperson said, "Her (Daniels) resignation decision is unrelated to our campaign. We are grateful for her support and agree that valuable asset and excellent advocate for Senator McSally."