Demorest - Demorest’s City Manager/Clerk Kim Simonds made the decision Wednesday afternoon to refuse the mayor’s resignation request.
In an emailed statement to Demorest Mayor Rick Austin and council, Simonds wrote, “I decline your request that I resign as city manager. It really is my hope that we can move forward and get the real work of the city accomplished.”
Austin was not in favor of that decision.
“I believe her ability to direct day to day operations and to lead this city has been irreparably harmed,” Austin said.
Austin gave the inclination that the situation would most likely be discussed at the upcoming meeting on Tuesday, May 12.