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Cowhey resigns as Lake Forest mayor

 James Cowhey

James Cowhey

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Updated: February 19, 2013 2:05PM

LAKE FOREST ­— Lake Forest Mayor James Cowhey has resigned his post. Third Ward Alderman Don Schoenheider has agreed to fill out the term as mayor.

The Lake Forest Caucus selected Schoenheider as the mayoral candidate last fall as Cowhey’s term would have ended in May 2013.

“It is with mixed feelings that I submit this letter of resignation,” Cowhey wrote in a letter addressed to the Lake Forest City Council and dated Jan. 11.

Cowhey is relocating to Texas where he was hired as CEO of WCA Waste Corporation in Houston, according to a press release issued by the city Wednesday.

In his resignation letter, Cowhey said he began serving in his new post in Texas on Jan. 7.

“It is with regret that I submit my resignation, but I know that Lake Forest will continue to prosper under the wise guidance of my colleagues,” Cowhey said in the press release issued by the city.

Cowhey was appointed mayor in May 2009. Prior to that, he served as Fourth Ward Alderman for six years from, May 2000 to May 2006.

As mayor, Cowhey worked with the Lake Forest City Council and staff the city’s fiscal health; environmental stewardship; the city’s infrastructure and character; and transportation and safety.

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