Holton steps down as Eclectic’s mayorPublished 10:43am Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Eclectic Mayor J. Michael Holton resigned Tuesday morning after just one year in office.
“As of 8 a.m., I am no longer mayor of Eclectic,” Holton said, sharing the news with The Observer just after tendering his resignation.
He said he was stepping down from the town’s highest office due to “family issues.”
“My wife and my children deserve more of my time than they are getting,” Holton, who was elected in 2012, said.
Council President Pro Tem Gary Davenport will assume the duties of mayor until council members decide how to proceed, Holton said.
Holton’s gave no indication of his plans at Monday night’s council meeting. He said Tuesday morning that he’d shared his plans with the council during an hour-long executive session behind closed doors. The session was called by Councilman Davenport to discuss personnel matters regarding the good name and character of an employee. Further details of that meeting were not provided.
Also Monday night, residents of Harden Street convinced council members to further explore the morning and afternoon traffic problems surrounding Eclectic Elementary School.
The council tabled a proposed ordinance to close Knight Street during the loading and unloading periods until town officials and neighborhood residents could discuss the problems with local and county school leaders.
Holton said he was proud of what was accomplished during his abbreviated term, specifically noting the resurfacing of West College Street and North College Avenue.
“We got some roads paved and put some money in the bank,” he said, also noting a vote Monday night to apply $50,000 from a recently received Alabama Power business license payment that was applied to the town’s line of credit.
See Thursday’s edition of The Eclectic Observer for more details and reaction.