Mt. Jackson Town Manager Controversy

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

MT. JACKSON -- Mt. Jackson's town council received former town manager Clark Draper's sudden resignation on Monday but some have said that he was forced out. Draper was the town manager for nine months.

R.W. Stead has lived in Mt. Jackson for 12 years. He said Draper was forced out of his job.

"Three of the town councilmen asked him for his resignation," said Stead.

Draper said he received a call from one of the council members asking to meet. He was surprised to meet with three council members instead. By the end of the meeting he submitted his letter of resignation. After Draper's temporary replacement was chosen Wednesday night, a council member talked about what happened.

"Had a meeting with Clark Monday evening and submitted his resignation to pursue other interests," said Council member Donald Pifer.

Stead said the council acted too quickly.

"It was my understanding that on Tuesday morning, Mr. Moore's name was back on the door. That this has been prearranged," said Stead.

Draper said that he felt he was doing a great job and worked well with everyone. He also felt he wasn't a good fit with the council.

Stead said whenever he would talk to Draper, he was a complete gentlemen.

"He was just too pleasant, and I think that was his downfall," said Stead.

The town of Mt. Jackson plans to start looking for a new town manager in the next few weeks.

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