By Sheila McLaughlin
Enquirer staff writer
MADEIRA - City Council shuffled seats this week after Mayor Sherry Mattes stepped down to move to Warren County.
Mattes, the city's senior council member, was elected to her third four-year term nearly a year ago and became mayor in December.
"Leaving Madeira and leaving the position as mayor has been one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made," she said Thursday, adding that she's lived for 32 years in the same house.
"You know when it's time. It's time to step down and pass the torch to younger members."
Mattes, who turns 60 this month, said she and her husband decided it also was time to downsize and plan for retirement. They are moving into a condominium in Hamilton Township, where they will be closer to their children and grandchildren, she said.
Mattes cited health as another factor and said she "needs to spend more quality time with family."
City Manager Tom Moeller said Mattes' resignation didn't come as a surprise.
"She's been talking about this for quite some time," he said.
David Sams, a second-term council member who was serving as vice mayor, automatically moved up to the mayor's seat, and Sarah Evans, who has served on council since December, 2001, replaced Sams as vice mayor.
Council will be working in coming weeks to appoint Mattes' replacement.
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