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Mayor of Santa Clara Announces Retirement 1 Day After City Hosts Super Bowl 50

Mayor Jamie Matthews said he would retire effective Tuesday.

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    One day after the Super Bowl was held in his city, the mayor of Santa Clara made a surprising announcement: He's resigning immediately. (Published Monday, Feb. 8, 2016)

    After a string of Super Bowl 50-related events, culminating with Sunday's game at Levi's Stadium, the mayor of Santa Clara announced Monday he would be stepping down from his position.

    Mayor Jamie Matthews said he would retire starting Tuesday during a news conference attended by the city's police chief and members of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

    "It's time that I need to step back and be with my family," Matthews said, "and quite frankly to take a breath and see what the next chapters are for me."

    Matthews was first voted into office in 2014. He's currently serving his second term, which is set to expire in November 2018.

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    At a City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Vice Mayor Teresa O'Neill will preside over the meeting, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Yamaguma.

    The council has 30 days to decide if they want to appoint someone to the mayor's position. If the council has not decided within those 30 days, the decision will go before voters in the upcoming November election, Yamaguma said.

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