The letter from Patrick Cannon reads: “I hereby give notice of my resignation from the position of the Mayor of the City of Charlotte, effective immediately. 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.
It is my hope that by my taking this action, the members of our City Council and the staff of the City will continue to move the City forward. The City is fortunate to have officials and staff who are competent, loyal and committed to advancing the interests of all of our people.
I regret that I have to take this action, but I believe that it is in the best interest of the City for me to do so.”