Citizens Voices Heard By Demorest Mayor and Council; Krockum Offered Job Back, Simonds Asked To Give Resignation

Demorest - Tuesday’s Demorest City Council meeting had citizens breaking social distancing rules but left them with a glimmer of hope as the council voted to reinstate former Chief Robin Krockum, if he accepts the offer.

 A crowd 40 plus people gathered outside in the rain to show their support for Krockum and to witness the first meeting since he was terminated for alleged “performance issues” by City Manager/Clerk Kim Simonds three weeks ago.

By the end of the meeting, the council had voted to reinstate Krockum after none other than Simonds herself made the recommendation. This decision came after a failed attempt to make interim chief Greg Ellingson the permanent replacement. 

Until Krockum makes his decision, Assistant Chief Casey Chastain will be holding down the role of interim chief.

The citizens made their voices heard, cheering and booing throughout the meeting and their voices were heard by the council. Both newly elected councilmen, Nathan Davis and John Hendrix let the public know that they would resign if that is what the public wants. 

The meeting was a night full of resignation talk. Following a letter Simonds sent to City Attorney Joey Homans last week, Homans announced that he declined to take her up on the offer and he would remain in his current role. 

Later in the meeting, Mayor Rick Austin asked Simonds for her resignation. She is expected to give her decision by the end of the day Wednesday, May 6.

Full story to come.