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Smyrna Mayor Stepping Down Due To Time Constraints

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Courtesy: Town of Smyrna Courtesy: Town of Smyrna

SMYRNA, Tenn. -  Smyrna Mayor Tony Dover resigned from his position Thursday afternoon citing a conflict with his full time job.

Current Vice Mayor Mary Esther Reed will replace Dover, and will be sworn into her role as mayor at the Town Council meeting September 10.

In his resignation letter Dover wrote:

"Because the time commitment can be great, people sometimes forget that positions on the Town Council are part time and as such, members have outside jobs to support their families. I have been fortunate over the years to have had the flexibility to devote the time necessary to serve, however, my job situation has recently changed and I can no longer divide my energy between serving the Town and having a full time career. My family and providing for them must come first."

Dover is employed by Medical Reimbursements of America as a Director of Network and Computing Services.

He has served as Smyrna's Mayor since 2009 and was first elected to the Town Council in 2001.

The decision came as a surprise to councilmember Marc Adkins, but he said he fully supports Dover and looks forward to the future.

"We wish Mayor Dover all the best," said Adkins. "It's been a pleasure to serve with him. He's been a great example."

Vice Mayor Reed is planning to run for the mayor's office in the November 2014 election, as is Smyrna resident Jeff Hollingshead.

Hollingshead also released a statement regarding Dover's resignation that stated:

"We thank Tony for his service to the community.  At such a critical time in Smyrna's history, now is the time for true, conservative leadership to promote the sustainable growth that we need.  I look forward to meeting with the citizens of this Town to map-out a path to success and prosperity with a new generation of leadership."

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