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ELGIN -- John Stover leaned against the counter in Elgin City Hall as the seconds ticked down Monday on his 14 years on the City Council. When the clock hit noon, Stover -- looking annoyed -- resigned along with the eastern Oregon town's five other council members and mayor.
The resignations are the latest twist in a largely rural rebellion. At least 89 officials have quit rather than file by today a list of their sources of income, family members and business interests with the Oregon Government Standards and Practices Commission.
"You are just watching the disintegration of local government in eastern Oregon," said Joe Garlitz, Elgin city recorder and the last elected official in town. The city's planning commission quit earlier this month.
Government services could be interrupted in some communities, said Scott Winkels, spokesman for the League of Oregon Cities. City councils and planning commissions approve budgets, act on development requests and often oversee water, sewer, street and police services.