Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron has resigned effective immediately.

As of today, Deputy Mayor Krista Fitzsimons will assume his mayoral responsibilities for the city.

A brief statement from the City of Wildwood Thursday morning quoted Byron as saying,

It is with deep sadness - yet great hope - for the continued prosperity of Wildwood, that I resign as Mayor of the City of Wildwood, NJ. I have held the honor and pleasure of serving my community as Commissioner for the past 12 years.

The statement continued listing his accomplishments, such as redeveloping Pacific Avenue, renovating the boardwalk, and refurbishing city parks.

Though I may not be at City Hall, I am still available to help with issues and will be happy to continue to assist my hometown of Wildwood in any way possible. For now, I will focus on being the best dad and grandfather to my loving family.

Last month, Byron was sentenced to three years of probation and had to pay $20,000 after he admitted to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

A grand jury also indicted Byron along with former Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr., and City Commissioner Steve Mikulski of charges including official misconduct and theft by unlawful taking for allegedly participating in the State Health Benefits Program.

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