I was talking to the defacto mayor of Gouverneur this morning about the events leading to the resignation of Mayor Chris Miller on August 15. Apparently it was a 'come to Jesus' private meeting between Hizzoner and Deputy Hizzoner Ron McDougall.
Recent media coverage, a spotty attendance record, personal issues and a recent marriage that raised eyebrows had really made the Mayor's position untenable. That's why McDougall was chosen to tap him on the shoulder, a la Nixon in the summer of '74.
What's interesting is how the Village just sort of ran itself in the absence of an effective chief executive (mayor), since Gouverneur has no hired administrator.
As for McDougall, is he now acting mayor, or really mayor....Guess it really doesn't matter.