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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