WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Utility Board approved two letters of resignation from members Jerry Hurley and Wallace Dempsey at the regular meeting Thursday Oct. 8.
Connie Rockell, Water Department Manager, read the letters of resignation to the public.
The letter submitted by Dempsey said, “I regretfully submit my resignation from my position as a member of the Williamson Utility Board due to some personal reasons and family commitments. My resignation will be effective immediately. I have appreciated being a member of the Williamson Utility Board during the past 15 months and serving the people of the Williamson community.”
Mayor Carlton commented on Dempsey’s resignation saying, “I would like to commend member Wallace Dempsey for his service to the Williamson Utility Board. These positions are very difficult and time consuming. We need to be very encouraging to the different members of the committees that are functioning in the city of Williamson. If you see them on the street, be sure to give them your best wishes and prayers.”
Rockell then read Hurley’s letter which stated, “To Williamson City Council, and officials. After much thought, evaluation and most importantly; prayer, please accept this letter as notification to resign from the position of Utility Board member for Ward Two. In my brief tenure of 25 months, this will be my fourth mayor to serve under. I feel that it is the best interest of the city for this position to be filled at this time, thus giving the new mayor the opportunity to transition accordingly.”
The letter continues , “With respect to the task and issues ahead, I foresee many hours of dedication and service that of which at the present time my personal and professional schedule will not allow. With the timely task ahead, and with all due respect to Mr. Carlton, the board, and the city of Williamson, it is my opinion our new mayor deserves the respect to find someone to accommodate this position with the many issues on the city’s horizon for the betterment of our citizens.”
Carlton also commented on Hurley’s resignation saying, “Jerry Hurley is a great guy and his service to the board has been a tremendous benefit. Hopefully, he will reconsider at some point down the road and help out with some other boards.”
During public remarks, Teresa McCune asked Carlton when new members were expected to be appointed to the positions left vacant by Hurley and Dempsey.
Carlton responded, “The recommendation of who would be considered is in the province of the council person for Ward Two.”
At the Williamson Council meeting later that evening, two people were appointed to fill the vacancies at the utility board following an executive session to discuss personnel.
Councilwoman Sherry Hairston-Brown and Councilman Matthew Newsome represent Ward Two. Both made recommendations for the utility board positions.
Hairston-Brown said, “I make a motion that we appoint Gay Dotson to the utility board.” Newsome seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved by the council.
Matthew Newsome made his recommendation next saying, “I would like to make the motion that Larry Rosen to be put on the utility board.” Councilman York Smith seconded the motion and it was also unanimously approved by the council.
The next Williamson Utility Board Meeting will be Oct. 22, at 3:30.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)