ALTO (AP) – The mayor of an embattled East Texas town has quit with just a few words.

Monty Collins says he went to the city secretary in Alto, wrote a note that said, “I quit on this date,” and left. He tells the Jacksonville Daily Progress that his departure is effective immediately.

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Alto — a town of about 1,200 people that’s 130 miles southeast of Dallas — laid off all five police officers last year during a budget crunch over Collins’ objections. The city council voted to reinstate its police department months later.

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City council members have accused Collins of talking to reporters without their permission and ignoring other requests. Collins says he’s leaving to avoid a fight and calls his move a separation, not a divorce.

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