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Sylva Mayor Lynda Sossamon resigns after 7 years on the job

Sylva Mayor Lynda Sossamon riding in the WCU homecoming parade in a red truck.
Lilly Knoepp
Sylva Mayor Lynda Sossamon participated in the WCU Homecoming parade in November 2022.

Sylva Town Mayor Lynda Sossamon resigned effective Thursday, January 26, following more than seven years leading the Jackson County town.

In a letter to the public, Sossamon explained a planned heart surgery has resulted in serious complications.

“I am making good progress but must devote my full efforts into recovering my health. The Town of Sylva deserves the full attention of its mayor and currently, I am unable to see to town matters with the detail needed,” Sossamon said in the letter.

Before her service as mayor, Sossamon served for nine years as a town commissioner. In her resignation letter,she highlighted a number of projects she was proud of during her tenure:

  • the Downtown Streetscape Revitalization
  • becoming a part of the NC Main Street Program
  • Sylva’s addition to the National Register of Historic Places
  • the preservation of a portion of the Plott Balsams with Pinnacle Park
  • the Blackrock Creek Conservation Easement
  • securing funding for the Allen Street Slope Failure Repair
  • securing funding for the Bryson Park Repair and upgrade

“I would like to thank the residents of Sylva for your support,” Sossamon wrote. “Serving you as an elected official for sixteen years has been a joy. I am proud of Sylva and what we have accomplished together and look forward to what the future holds for our wonderful town.”

The town board will discuss next steps at its meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, January 26.

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.