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Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam has resigned as mayor, effective immediately.
“It is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as the Mayor of the City of Atlantic City,” Gilliam wrote in a letter to City Clerk Paula Geletei. “I would like to apologize to the residents of the great City of Atlantic City who deserve stability and respect. My sincere apologies to each constituent that voted for me and had high hopes in my tenure.”
Gilliam admitted today that he stole $87,000 from a youth basketball league he founded and used the money to pay for personal expenses.
Earlier today, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that had filed a motion to remove Gilliam under the state’s Forfeiture of Office statute.
City Council President Marty Small is expected to be sworn in as acting mayor.
After that, the Atlantic City Democratic organization will have thirty days to provide the City Council with three potential replacements. Small is expected to be the party and council choice and will serve until a November 2020 special election to fill the remaining fourteen months of Gilliam’s term.