County Administrator Never Formally Resigned

It has been one month since the debate began about whether Lauderdale County administrator, Mike Sumrall resigned or was fired. Now an e-mail has surfaced which could answer some questions.

Newscenter 11 received a copy of the e-mail that Sumrall says he sent to former co-workers the night of the meeting.

In the e-mail he states that he turned in his resignation at the meeting in question.

It was during that meeting that supervisors voted 3-2 to accept his resignation.

But Sumrall never turned in a formal resignation letter.

"At the time of the meeting, it was awful confusing," said Sumrall. "But the next morning after sitting down with three of the board members, they wanted me to stay. So, I never formally turned in a letter of resignation."

Sumrall says he is still in the position because he never turned in a formal letter of resignation.

Because the matter is a personnel issue, county attorney Rick Barry says at this time he cannot comment on the issue.

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  • by Charles T Location: Lauderdale on Feb 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    Did I see Wayman Newell driving a new truck? What happened to that gold truck he drove since he was hired by his district? Work two years, get a new truck? Maybe Sumerall will answer that. Waymen sure wont, unless Ray tells him to.
  • by CDP on Feb 20, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    My grandfather use to say that he always voted for the incumbent. His reasoning was best expressed when he said "why ruin another good man". I think this case proves the point that power corrupts. We think our elected officials are good people when we vote for them, but then something happens to let us see how they can be changed when power goes to their head. These elected officals think that it is OK to spend money that is not theirs, and we and the person who is responsible for overseeing the process for "us" should just shut up and pay all of their credit card bills. Like when they are so set on not following the rules that they harass a good man because he insist that they follow the rules. Mr. Sumrall please call in the state auditors and make them accountable to us. Let them know they are not above being accountable to the people.
  • by concern citizen Location: meridian on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    we say we are concern about our youth.,but we vote in leaders that can't make up their minds, they fuss and fight say one thing and do another on public tv. no wonder our youth act out. this is what our leaders do. so if you are going to quit then quit, and stop making idel threats i'am sure someone else can do your job without the fussing and fighting. please all of you stop, you are making the city look bad because you call your self leaders.
  • by TerryTaxPayer Location: Land of Trouble on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:07 PM
    I can't go in to my job and say i Quit.. then say i was confused and feeling bad.. i want my job back and expect to still have it so why does he get to do it? If he met in private with only three board members then that is not the whole board.. It's time for the "good ole boy" system to be removed from this County if we are to ever progress
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    If it's not one thing it's another with this board. I just hope that the fine people of Lauderdale county would please vote in the same people so we can continue to have good entertainment on T.V. I haven't watched anything this funny since Dumb and Dumber.....
  • by Joe Location: Lauderdale on Feb 19, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    I fully agree. Mike needs to man-up and resign. He only works for the insurance anyway. The "Board" would sit much much better if Ray and his double first cousin Wayman would not be re-elected. It would be such pleasant change for once to have a BOS that could get along w/ each other, the City Administration and State/Federal officials.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    The supervisors were elected. The Lauderdale County administrator was hired. He resigned, the board accepted, end of discussion.
  • by Procedure on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    As a matter of procedure, Mike offered his resignation and 3 voted to accept it and 2 voted not to accept it. It is a now on the minutes of the BOS. Now how can they ignore their own motion which is now record.
  • by CDP on Feb 19, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    It is not Sumrall that should resign, it is Norwood. He either needs to learn to play by the rules for disclosing his expenses and getting them approved by the board before he spends money, or he needs to find some other deep pockets to pay for his frivolous spending. Taxpayers deserve the respect of having elected officals follow the democratic process of having expenses approved before he charges them to a credit card. If he ignores the rules then he should pay. Is Norwood like Tiger Woods when Tiger said that he did not think the rule applied to him? Tiger at least had something that made him special, his talent, what makes Norwood think he is speical?
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Feb 19, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    There is an article in the Meridian Start about the state auditor's office doing an investigation on the county. I guess Mike will get his point accross one way or the other.
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