Lebanon Councilwoman Resigns After Arrest

Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 21:16:34-05

Lebanon Councilwoman Kathy Warmath has submitted her resignation one day after her arrest for public intoxication. 

Warmath was taken into custody after Tuesday night's council meeting, to which she allegedly showed up drunk; however, Warmath said the impairment was due to a prescription medication for a medical condition.

According to officials with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, she displayed signs of impairment and was placed into custody for both her safety and that of the public. 

Deputies were called to the meeting and met Warmath in the parking lot as she was trying to get into her vehicle.

Officials with the Lebanon Mayor's Office confirmed her resignation Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Phillip Craighead said by resigning, she made the right decision. 

Warmath released the following statement in light of her resignation:

"After 23 years of serving as a member of the City Council in Lebanon, Tennessee, I now find that my medical condition is such that I no longer can continue my duties as a council person to the level I have in the past. On February 2, 2016, prior to my attendance at the council meeting, I took some prescription medication for my medical condition as directed by my doctor. Unfortunately, I had an abnormal reaction to the medication. Because of this I find it necessary to apologize to my fellow council members, the people of my district, and the people of the City of Lebanon. I have always made every effort to carry out my duties as a council member in an honest and hardworking manner and would never intentionally do anything different.

My medical condition has been worsening for some time and I have realized in the past that in the near future it was going to be necessary for me to step down. For the record on the occasion of February 2, 2016, I was not intoxicated, and any abnormal behavior was the direct result of the medication that was prescribed and directed by my doctors.

I therefore submit my resignation as a city council member to the City of Lebanon to be effective immediately. It's been an honor to serve in this capacity and I fully pledge that I will continue to support the City of Lebanon in any way I can.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."

No additional details were immediately known.