Ten minutes prior to the start of the first Canton City Council meeting of 2014, City Manager Scott Wood turned in his resignation letter. He was not present for the meeting.
The council approved, 5-1, with Ward I Hooky Huffman opposing, Wood’s resignation.
“I am not angry with anyone and in many ways hate that this time has come, but the truth of the matter is that from time to time new and fresh perspectives are needed in various positions, be they elected or appointed, and so it is with mixed emotions that I offer my resignation as city manager of the City of Canton to be effective immediately, with the request that City Council agree to provide me with six months salary and all other benefits as stipulated in my current employment agreement with the City of Canton,” Wood wrote in his resignation letter.
After the meeting Mayor Gene Hobgood said Wood’s resignation was not a surprise to him.
“We appreciate the job that he did while he was here and we wish him well in any future endeavor that he has,” Hobgood said.
Huffman said he opposed Wood’s resignation because he does not agree with it.
“I’m very upset, it’s a huge step backward,” he said.
Chief Financial Officer Nathan Ingram will serve as interim city manager for up to two weeks. Mayor Gene Hobgood appointed the three new council members, Ward I Councilwoman Sandy McGrew, Ward II Councilman Bill Grant and Ward III Councilman John Rust, to a committee to look at how to proceed in the absence of a city manager. All three council members were sworn in at the beginning of the Jan. 2 meeting.
For more information, see the Jan. 8 issue of the Ledger-News.