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Brooklet mayor refuses councilman’s resignation
Cites Newman as “valuable asset”
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Randy Newman

Brooklet City Councilman Randy Newman will keep his elected seat in spite of having submitted a resignation letter last week.

Newman, whose term lasts through the end of the year, cited health and personal reasons for wanting to resign, but said Wednesday he changed his mind after Brooklet Mayor William Hendrix refused to accept the resignation.

A statement issued by the Brooklet City Hall read: “Brooklet Councilman Randy Newman submitted a letter of resignation to the Mayor and City Council of Brooklet on May 16, 2019, citing personal and health reasons. Mayor William Hendrix refused to accept Councilman Newman’s resignation, and the matter was not addressed at the May 17, 2019 meeting of council. Councilman Newman, upon further reflection, has reconsidered his position and has withdrawn his letter of resignation, and has agreed to serve out the rest of his term.”
Newman said Wednesday he changed his mind after speaking with the mayor last week.

Hendrix said Newman was “too valuable” to let go.

“He is a valuable asset and we didn’t want to see him leave,” Hendrix told the Statesboro Herald.  “I told him, ‘Please don’t leave. We need you.’”

Newman has battled health challenges for some time, but planned to remain in his full time position with Bulloch County Planning and Zoning even if he did leave the council.

He said his reasons for submitting the letter of resignation included both personal and health reasons, but did not elaborate on the reasons. After speaking with Hendrix, Newman came to a resolution that will allow him to serve out the rest of his elected term.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.