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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  • by Support CPD Location: Cumberland on Jun 6, 2007 at 06:36 AM
    ATTENTION:Benedict Arnold and any other with comments that don't support Det. Mike Franks which has been proven innocent and for the record Det. Mike Franks' record was pulled by the City of Cumberland council and it stands clear of the trash that the uneducated people in our communities gossip about. Det Franks’ career started in CUMBERLAND. It is his home town where he grew up and now that he does good efforts to serve and protect his community, another officer Raleigh is jealous of the recognition the community gives him. Officer Raleigh stays busy stirring troubles in the community to take the attention off himself which is guilty of “bad cop” habits which involves illegal activity. So before you post a comment take a good LOOK at your local newspapers you will see a least weekly of Det Mike Franks solving cases and doing his job with PRIDE. Det. Franks has nothing to hide, if so do you think he would be willing to release information to the newspapers and even WYMT if he was truly guilty of anything. Think straight and we ask for everyone’s support in the continued effort to impeach mayor Loretta Cornett.
  • by concerned citizen on Jun 6, 2007 at 03:13 AM
    Loretta needs to step down now!
  • by Benedict Arnold Location: Truth and Justice on Jun 5, 2007 at 04:16 PM
    Perhaps someone should look into Officer Franks past employment record, as well as other officers who may have followed him to Cumberland and then begin to question what is really going on in Cumberland and who is protecting us here in Harlan County. Interesting occurrences may come to light that would raise some questions as to the character not only of those officers but also the department as a whole. Government should always be transparent and accessible to the citizens’ it serves.
  • by Citizen Location: Cumberland on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    For an impeachment to occur, it requires a full council approval to begin the proceedings. during this particular meeting, one of the council members, Charles Raleigh, left during the executive session very angry, and it was stated openly afterward by Councilwoman Norma Bowyer that he did so because he was using filthy language and they wouldn't tolerate it. He is a Loretta supporter. So is Kathy Dixon, and she voted NO to impeachment. Rumor around town is Charles plays nice to the mayor because his wife used to be a dispatcher and they want to make sure she gets her job back if dispatching services ever return to the city. Kathy is supposed to have a lot of furniture on credit from the mayor's furniture store, and won't vote for impeachment because she is afraid Loretta will come repo all the stuff. From what I hear and read about the Cumberland council meetings, Charles and Kathy pretty much sit there on the mayor's puppet strings so as long as those two are on the council, the city will keep going to hell since an impeachment will never be possible.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:55 PM
    They should fire them all. And get rid of the Mayor! That town has been corrupt for years!
  • by taxpayer Location: cumberland on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    i heard the one council member that left early is related to the mayor!!how can that be allowed!!
  • by tax payer Location: cumberland on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    if a majority of the council said "impeach" then it should have been implemented. how can one "hold out" stop the impeachment? it seems the mayor has one friend on the city council that should "leave" along with the mayor
  • by concerned citizen Location: cumberland on Jun 5, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    we want progress for our city. this is not progress. we need more for our young people to do to try and keep them out of drugs and crime. we need to attract more jobs, we need a community center. previous city councils have passed up chances to get us one. we need to teach our young people to have pride in our city and to take care of what we do have.. there is a lot of destruction in our city. we are a poor city. the police are understaffed. the people of cumberland need to help look after there city. i commend the churches for doing all they can to help.


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