The Crossville City Council voted 3-2 to table further discussion on City Manager Greg Wood’s resignation Tuesday.
A special called meeting was scheduled after Wood indicated in a letter that his last day would be August 31st. The resignation followed a suspension of Wood and an investigation into the closing of the Village Inn. Some council members wanted the full investigation completed before making a decision.
Council Member RJ Crawford said he voted no since it slows down the inevitable.
“His resignation is on the floor,” Crawford said. “What you’re wanting to do in fact is just simply delay a vote that is going to make it happen today. It’s going to happen next week. It’s not going to change the fact that he put his resignation in.”
Mayor James Mayberry also voted against the motion and said it just delays the search for a new city manager. City Attorney William Ridley said he understands that Wood has already cleared his office and plans to leave town regardless.
Council members Art Gernt, Rob Harrison and Scot Shanks were in favor of delaying discussion. The council has only received a preliminary report of the investigation that was submitted late Monday night. The $10,000 cost of conducting the investigation was also a point made to wait for the final results.
Ridley said he believes the full investigation should be completed by the end of next week.