In a story related to yesterdays news report on the retirement of Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody, Franklin’s mayor Joe Collins will also be stepping down after a ten-year stint in his Mayoral position. When asked about his decision, Mayor Collins had this to say; “It’s time to step aside and allow someone else the privilege and honor to serve as mayor”. During Mayor Collins’ tenure Franklin built a new state of the art police station, a new public works facility, and a new town hall on main street. Mayor Collins also oversaw the addition of full-time town staff such as the Town Manager, Town Planner, and Human Resources Officer. In Swain County, Bryson City Alderwoman Stephanie Treadway has also declared that she will not seek re-election. Alderwoman Treadway cited acquiring a new job, and said she would not be able to give the time and attention being and Alderwoman would require. Treadway is the finance director for the Cherokee Boy’s Club. In all of these vacated seats, candidates seeking to run for office could begin filing as soon as July the 5th.