Manley presented a letter to reporters during the council meeting Monday night. But the surprising move has left city officials shocked.
"I have failed to get a majority of support from this current council, so it is with regrets that after 10 years of dedicated service to Springfield city council I hereby submit my resignation," Manley's letter reads.
The handwritten letter is dated April 20, 2009.
Manley goes on to say he will move out of city limits in May.
According to City Attorney Dan Wichmer, Mayor Jim O'Neal gets to appoint Manley's replacement until the next city election.
The city council meeting continues at this hour and Manley has yet to say anything public to his colleagues.
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