Jefferson mayor resigns from post

By Wil Petty

November 28, 2013

Jefferson mayor Dana Tugman announced his resignation via letter to the Jefferson Board of Alderman on Monday, Nov. 25.

“It is now obvious that I cannot satisfactorily fulfill the duties, responsibilities or expectations of the office of mayor for the town of Jefferson,” the letter read. “I deeply regret that my health conditions have brought us to this point, but we need to acknowledge that and take corrective action.”

Tugman had served as mayor for the town of Jefferson for 14 years. Tugman had not presided over an aldermen meeting for several months.

Alderman Bluferd Eldreth was selected as mayor pro tem during the time Tugman had been away.

“I appreciate the confidence and I’m sorry that the mayor has not been with us for awhile,” Eldreth said. “I wish he could have continued on.”

Tugman in his letter said it was his intent to serve his full term as mayor but now realizes that is no longer possible.

“I cannot see any fairness or decency in my keeping the title of mayor while others fulfill the duties of that office,” the letter said. “Therefore, it is with deep regret that I ask you (the alderman) to consider this as my letter of resignation from the office of mayor of the town of Jefferson.”

The board unanimously approved Tugman’s resignation.

As mayor pro tem, Eldreth will now automatically serve as mayor for the remainder of Tugman’s term which runs through 2016.

“The board will now have to decide what they want to do as far as finding a new alderman,” said town manager Cathy Howell.

Following the acceptance of Tugman’s resignation, the board unanimously passed a resolution commemorating the former mayor.

In other action taken by the Jefferson Board of Alderman:

. Aldermen Bluferd Eldreth, Mark Johnston and Max Yates were sworn in, following their re-election.

. The board approved minutes from previous meeting.

. The board discussed upcoming garbage plan bids.

. In attendance were: Aldermen Luther Anderson, Charles Caudill, Bluferd Eldreth, Mark Johnston and Max Yates. Also in attendance was town manager Cathy Howell.