PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Pendleton Mayor John Turner has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The first-term mayor said in an email to friends Sunday that he expects to begin chemotherapy this month at a hospital in Walla Walla, Washington. He said he has a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of recovering. City council president Neil Brown will fill in for Turner as needed.

The East Oregonian reports that Turner spent 28 years in the Marine Corps, the last four as the executive director of the Marine Corps War College.

He then moved to Pendleton and became president of Blue Mountain Community College. He retired from that job in 2013 and ran unopposed for mayor three years later.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.com