UPDATE: Cumberland mayor decides not to resign

By: Tanner Hesterberg & Katie Roach Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg & Katie Roach Email
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CUMBERLAND, Ky. (WYMT) - One eastern Kentucky city may not need a new mayor after all.

The mayor of Cumberland, Carl Hatfield, wrote a letter of resignation last week, prompting city council members to schedule a meeting Monday to accept his resignation.

But hours before the meeting started the mayor decided not to submit the letter, saying he wants to stay in office.

Hatfield said many people disapproved when they heard he was going to resign as mayor of the Harlan Cunty city.

"They said that they had elected me for this office," he said. "And that they would be the ones to tell me to leave when it come election time if they wanted me to leave."

Hatfield said his relationship with city council has been dicey for months.

But he said Cumberland is improving and he will remain in office unless council members impeach and remove him.

"They'll combat it and find reason to come back again and retaliate,' Hatfield said. "But I'm not going to pay much attention to it because I don't want to be looking over my shoulder every day while trying to do city business."

One of the city council members lobbying for the mayor's exit, David C. Dixon, said, "I feel like a majority of the citizens want the mayor gone. Several citizens I spoke with congratulated me on voting to have the mayor resign."

Dixon said at least five council members, including himself, want to see Hatfield leave.

"It's been nothing but turmoil over probably the past year and a half," Dixon said. "There are constant disagreements between the council and the mayor. Council will ask for one thing to be done and something totally different is done."

Dixon said council members may soon start impeachment process to remove Hatfield from office.


Original Story, 4/10/13:

CUMBERLAND, Ky (WYMT) - After two and a half years on the job, Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield put in his resignation Wednesday morning, but it was not his idea.

At a city council meeting Tuesday night, members voted unanimously to ask the mayor to resign effective immediately.

"How could I get anything done if I've got five council members sitting there opposing everything that I try to do," said former Mayor Hatfield.

Council member Charles Raleigh says it had to be done.

"There were many conflicts that we couldn't come to an agreement on. I don't want to name any one in particular, but we just had a lot of irreconcilable differences that we couldn't get past," said Raleigh.

Mayor Hatfield says this is typical Cumberland politics.

"Now I am going to be playing golf and riding my motorcycle. And as for the city, I wish them the best of luck," Hatfield sad.

Council members tell us they are contacting the League of Cities and the city attorney and will have a special called meeting to accept the resignation.

They will then appoint a new mayor to finish out Hatfield's term.


CUMBERLAND, Ky (WYMT) - The Cumberland City Council voted Tuesday night to ask for Mayor Carl Hatfield to resign.

The motion was made when the five City Council members met in regular session.

All five of them voted yes and Hatfield left the meeting. City Council member Charles Raleigh says he believes there is no controversy behind them to asking for the mayor's resignation.

The council is awaiting written documentation of Mayor Hatfield's resignation.

WYMT spoke with Mayor Hatfield Tuesday night on the phone and he said he believes there is no political motivation behind the council's request.

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