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Pasco Mayor resigns after recent engagement

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PASCO, Wash;-- After more than a decade in office Pasco Mayor Joyce Olson is turning in her resignation to build a new life with her fiance all the way across the country. 

Olson says she's both excited and nervous, but it's hard not to notice the smile on her face as she talks about her recent engagement with her old high school classmate William Mathews.

Today she brought out her 1969 yearbook. Back then William signed it saying she was his bright light. She tells us the 40-year-old inscription means even more to her now; however, with her excitement also comes nostalgia.

The mayor has helped shape Pasco into a safer place to live. Crime has dropped to the lowest it has ever been, but even with her success, there are some things she says are worth leaving for.

"You have to follow your heart," she said. "I wouldn't be leaving for any other reasons. When it comes to affairs of the heart you know when it's right and my heart-strings are pulling me in a different direction, which sadly takes me away from Pasco."

Mayor Olson's resignation from Pasco City Council will be effective March 31st. She plans to move to Virginia on April 6th. Mayor pro tem Matt Watkins will begin serving on April 1st.

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