City Council Asks Mayor To Resign

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

A city council meeting gets heated.

Cumberland City Council Members asked the Mayor to resign after she fired or demoted three police officers only to reverse her decision the next day.

After what's happened since late last week, city council members and residents had lots of questions for Cumberland Mayor Loretta Cornett at Monday night's special called meeting.

Cumberland City Council members say they just wanted to know why one police officer was fired and two others were demoted Friday afternoon by Mayor Loretta Cornett.

The council called an executive session so they could discuss the matter in private with the police chief as well as police officer Mike Franks, who was fired and re-hired.

“The only thing she said for her reason for her actions Friday was she was frustrated because her store had been egged,” Norma Bower said.

Officer Franks says he is happy he was given the opportunity to talk to the mayor and the council and says he just hopes they can all move forward.

“I respect her for her position but you know some things are just one sided that she hears and she admitted herself that she had jumped to conclusions,” Mike Franks said.

“I apologize for my hasty behavior Friday afternoon and I think everything is fine,” Mayor Loretta Cornett said.

Cornett's job as mayor may be in jeopardy.

The council says they asked her to resign and she refused, so five council members voted to impeach her.

The only problem was one council member left the meeting early so the vote wasn't official.

“We didn't really feel like the impeachment would take but we knew the people needed to know how the council felt,” Bower said.

WYMT asked a council member whether or not the topic of the mayor's impeachment would come up at their next regular meeting and she said she wasn't sure.

The council also voted to hire an attorney to investigate Mayor Loretta Cornett and they say they have the authority to investigate the police department so they can get to the bottom of everything.

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