The mayor of Maggie Valley has died in a construction accident.
Authorities said that Ron DeSimone died Friday afternoon when heavy building materials fell from a roof above him.
Police Chief Scott Sutton said the death has been ruled an accident.
DeSimone became mayor of the Haywood County town in 2011. Town clerk Vickie Best says the mayor had planned to run for re-election this year.
Best said the general contractor was working to build tourism and economic development in the area.
DeSimone is survived by a wife and two daughters.