Ron Scott

For the second time in approximately six months, Graysville’s mayor has resigned from his position and now the city will again move forward under new leadership.  

During a special called meeting Tuesday night, Ron Scott announced he was stepping down as mayor effectively immediately. In November 2016, Scott was elected commissioner and selected to serve as  vice-mayor on the board but became mayor in July 2017 when former mayor Ted Doss suddenly resigned in an effort to help care for aging relatives.

Scott said he officially submitted his letter of resignation to the city Friday, Jan. 19; however, as a formality, the board needed to vote and accept his letter during the special called meeting.  

He opened up the meeting by reading his letter of resignation to the board and residents who showed up Tuesday night, which read:  “I, Ron Scott, serving as mayor of the City of Graysville do here now resign effectively immediately. Thanks for the opportunity to have served the citizens of Graysville.”

The former mayor went on to say he wanted to be in attendance to explain his sudden resignation so the citizens could hear the reasoning from him directly.

“I stand before you tonight to confess to all of you that I have sinned before my God, my wife, my church, my town and this county. I’m asking each of you to forgive me for my sins and trespasses and please pray for my wife and I as we try to rebuild our lives,” he said. “ I love this town and this town has always been here for me. I want to thank each of you for the opportunity to have served as mayor.”

Scott continued to say he is a sinner but has repented before the Lord and that it killed him to come forward with the reasoning behind his abrupt resignation. After completing his statement, he stood up from behind his seat on the board and left the building.

The board voted unanimously to accept his letter of resignation and will move forward per city charter regulations.  Graysville Vice Mayor Jimmy Massengill will now assume duties as the acting mayor, and city officials said the board would vote and appoint a new vice mayor during next month’s regularly scheduled meeting. Thereafter, the city will need to appoint a new commissioner to fill the now vacant commission seat.

Graysville Mayor and Board of Commissioners will hold the next monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, at city hall beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public to attend.

Those interested in inquiring about the vacant commissioner position should contact city hall at 423-775-9242.

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