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Airway Heights City Council member Kevin Richie confirms embattled Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing is stepping down effective September 1.

Rushing was not at the meeting Monday. In a resignation letter read out loud at Monday's City Council meeting, Rushing cited health reasons for as to why he is stepping down. He submitted his written resignation Monday morning. The full letter is below:

After 15 years and 8 months of continuous service to the city of Airway Heights and having survived 3 rounds of cancer, I find it difficult to continue due to my declining health issues.
Please accept my letter of resignation effective on September 1,2015

Mayor Rushing raised concerns when he posted derogatory comments about President Obama and the First Lady on his Facebook account in July. More trouble for Rushing soon followed.

The City Council voted 'no confidence' in the Mayor at a later council meeting, but Rushing refused to step down.

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City Manager Albert Tripp says the City Council will discuss the process associated with filling the position of mayor following Rushing's resignation.

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