Cornersville mayor, city attorney resign

Friday, August 14, 2015

A night of town government proceedings in Cornersville began Thursday with the hiring of a police officer and ended with the resignations of the town's mayor and city attorney.

Mayor Amos Davis, who's in his second term, and City Attorney Quinn Brandon Stewart, tendered resignations to bring a workshop for the Mayor and Board of Alderman to a close. The workshop was held to discuss actions by former Town Administrator Taylor Brandon in 2014.

The actions cost the town $7,023.46, according to current Town Administrator Scotty Brock, who questioned the dealings and brought the information to the board for the workshop.

The price tag was the sum of the sale of town equipment, primarily weapons from the police department inventory, and the total of pay and benefits two former police officers received at the time of their resignations in the spring of 2014. It also was the former officers who were sold the items from the police department.

Brandon was at the workshop to clarify his actions. After nearly 90 minutes of, at times a contentious discussion, the meeting ended with the verbal resignations of first Stewart, who is Brandon's sister, and then Davis. Vice Mayor Melisa Peters will replace Amos, who's term isn't up until the fall of 2016, at the board's next scheduled meeting on Sept. 3.

The evening began with a special called meeting of the board, which first interviewed and then hired Wesley Vick. The veteran of 14 years in law enforcement will join Chief Mark Chandler on Sept. 14 to form the town's police force.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's Tribune.