Mayor JW Musgrove sent an email to City Administrator Mary Leith on Thursday afternoon notifying the City that he was resigning from all City service.

In the email Musgrove said, “On advice of my medical provider, I have made the decision to end my service as council member and mayor. I apologize for the abrupt notice and ask for your consideration as I turn towards a much more private life and attempt to rebuild my health.”

Musgrove added that he would be in the office through the end of business on Friday, November 20, 2020.

According to city ordinance, Deputy Mayor Freda Degnan will ascend to the position of mayor. The council will have to choose a new deputy mayor.

Both the new mayor and deputy mayor will serve until the next regular election is certified in October 2021. At that time, the Council will once again choose a new mayor and deputy mayor.

Musgrove was appointed to serve on the City Council in August 2006 and was later elected to the council in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. He was elected by the City Council to serve as mayor Pro tem in October 2015 and again in October 2016.

In 2016 the position of mayor pro tem was officially changed to deputy mayor. As deputy mayor, Musgrove automatically became mayor upon the resignation of then Mayor Pete Hallgren in October 2017.

Musgrove was elected mayor by the Council body on October 8, 2019.

JW Musgrove has been a Delta resident since 1956, is a retired Alyeska technician, and pilot.

Tim Holoday manages advertising for TriDelta, Inc. publisher of the Seward Journal and Delta Wind newspapers and covers general news topics. He can be reached at