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Anderson Purchasing Agent Resigns after Vote ; New Finance Committee to Begin July 1

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Anderson Purchasing Agent Resigns after Vote ; New Finance Committee to Begin July 1

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CLINTON -- Anderson County Purchasing Agent Pamela Cotham said she waited until after a 16-0 County Commission override vote of the county mayor's veto Monday night before making her decision final.

She then promptly submitted her resignation from the government post she's held since 2001 after commissioners rejected Mayor Terry Frank's move to stop a change in financial management.

Cotham said she was offered the assistant purchasing director's job in Knoxville last week and opted Monday to take that higher- paying post.

In a news release issued Tuesday -- and sent Wednesday to the News Sentinel -- Frank said Cotham's resignation "is more negative fallout from commission's switch in financial management that ignored input from the hardworking people that get the job done."

The mayor said Cotham's resignation letter cited a "disregard" by commissioners "to address purchasing or her position in the financial change."

It's the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between the mayor and commissioners over how to prepare budgets and manage the county's money.

With the commissioners' override vote, the county on July 1 will switch to a seven-member finance committee to prepare the county budget and to hire the budget director and purchasing agent.

Frank now names those employees and chairs the budget committee, whose members she appoints. She has blasted the change approved Monday as a "massive step backwards" for the county. …

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