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Bridgeport Mayor Resigns Ahead of Plea Hearing


  Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount has resigned ahead of a plea hearing on federal drug charges.

Blount announced his resignation Monday night at a City Council meeting. He apologized for not meeting what he called the standards that citizens expect from him as mayor.

Federal agents arrested Blount in June. He’s charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution of oxymorphone and false or fraudulent material omission.

Blount is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg for a plea hearing on Friday. Last week, he filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy.

Recorder Robert Greer will serve as acting mayor until the council holds a special meeting next week to replace Blount.