The recent resignation of Cumberland Mayor Carolyn Elliott took many by surprise.
Council member David Dixon said before he opened the envelope containing Elliott’s resignation letter, he thought the contents was likely just routine city business.
“I had gotten home and received an envelope addressed to me,” Dixon said. “I thought it was just an agenda for a council meeting. I opened it and saw it was Mrs. Elliott’s resignation.”
Dixon said he did not expect the resignation.
“It caught me by surprise,” said Dixon. “I didn’t think she was anywhere near resigning.”
Dixon said Elliott said in the letter she was resigning due to family obligations.
Elliott’s letter states the “office of mayor requires full time attention, and due to unexpected recent events and family obligations I am resigning from the office of mayor effective March 28.”
The letter goes on to thank the city employees for their dedication in the face of reduced hours and staff.
“I’ve not heard anything from her,” Dixon said. “Carolyn and I have been friends for years, so I’m concerned for her.”
Dixon explained the council now faces the prospect of appointing a mayor.
“Whether it be out of the seven sitting council members or someone on the outside…we have 30 days to get that done,” Dixon said.
According to Dixon, the day to day operations of the city are being handled.
“The city clerk is handling things right now,” Dixon said. “Our city clerk has been city clerk for numerous years, and as Mayor Elliott mentioned in her letter of resignation, Robin Smith (city clerk) is very up to date on all the projects in the city.”
Dixon mentioned per Kentucky state law, whoever is chosen to serve as mayor will hold the office until Dec. 31. The office will be on the ballot in the November election.
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