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Former Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned as mayor of Charlotte the same day he was arrested on a variety of corruption allegations.

Read the allegations against Cannon here.

In his resignation letter, Cannon said, “In light of the charges that have been brought against me, it is my judgment that the pendency of these charges will create too much of a distraction for the business of the City to go forward smoothly and without interruption.”

Cannon’s resignation means that mayor pro tem Michael Barnes will serve as mayor until the City Council must appoint a new mayor to finish Cannon’s term.

Read his letter: cannonresigns