HOSCHTON, Ga. — Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned Saturday during a specially called meeting in the Jackson County, Georgia, town.
The City Council accepted her resignation effective 1 p.m. Sunday.
Both follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Kenerly because of his race.
Before his resignation, Cleveland defended the mayor’s conduct. “I understood where she was coming from,” he said. “I understand Theresa saying that, simply because we’re not Atlanta. Things are different here than they are 50 miles down the road.”
Members of both the Jackson County Republican and Democratic parties called for both officials to leave office.
When it became clear that neither Cleveland nor Kenerly would resign, residents organized a recall campaign to force them from office. Earlier this month, that campaign cleared its final legal hurdle when the Jackson County Board of Elections called a recall election for Jan. 14, 2020.
Kenerly has not commented on her future plans but had appealed the recall campaign to the Georgia Supreme Court.
The court declined to hear her petition.
Another resignation was on the agenda for discussion Saturday: Dale Hall, the city’s current city administrator. However, the council voted to remove Hall instead of accepting his resignation.
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