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Former Joplin Mayor Resigns From Council Post

A Joplin councilman resigned the same day a hearing was scheduled to resolve ethics questions.

Councilman Mike Woolston reached an agreement with the City Council Monday to resign, while the council acknowledged Woolston did not benefit financially from real estate transactions involving the city.

Woolston, a real estate agent, was mayor during the May 2011 tornado. A council investigation report early last year accused him of using his knowledge of city redevelopment plans to broker property.

The Joplin Globe reports the council said Woolston could have been more transparent about his business dealings.

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