Harris resigns Commission seat

Friday, May 30, 2008

A second Marshall County commissioner has resigned this year, citing work and family obligations that make it "impossible" to continue to serve in elected office.

The resignation of Jennifer Harris was announced Tuesday by Commission Chairwoman Mary Ann Neill near the end of the Commission's monthly meeting.

County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett reported applicants for the unexpired portion of Harris' term that ends Aug. 31 should submit a letter to him by 4 p.m. June 12, or appear at the June 23 Commission meeting for nomination. Applicants must live in the 5th District, which includes Cedar Ridge Landfill.

Harris' resignation follows that of Sam Smith, who represented the Cornersville area where Waste Management Inc. wanted to build a replacement landfill. The company cited geological reasons for its decision against exercising a land purchase option it bought from Smith, who cited family obligations for his resignation. There was strong public opposition to the proposed landfill.

"An on-going increase in personal and occupational responsibilities has created a conflict in committee schedules and made it impossible for me to meet the increased needs of the Commission," Harris wrote to Neill and Liggett in a memo dated Monday.

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