Brookhaven City Councilman Jim Eyre resigned his post during the April 22 council meeting.
“There comes a time when you have to be true to yourself,” Eyre said April 23. “Last night was it. I decided I was no longer effectively representing District 2.”
Eyre said his decision to resign “has been brewing, but last night was the final.”
“The final decision was made yesterday,” he said. “That’s when it became apparent that I’m not going to be able to serve effectively as I wanted to. It’s time to hand the reins to somebody else.”
Eyre read a statement announcing his resignation at the start of the meeting and then left, Councilwoman Rebecca Chase-Williams said. Eyre represented District 2. He was reelected in the fall to a four-year term.
Recently, Eyre had been the sole member of the council who publicly criticized the salary and contract offered to City Manager Marie Garrett.
City officials said they believe the city must call a special election to replace Eyre.
In a video posted on the Brookhaven Post website, Eyre said he had told residents of his district that he would not continue in office if he could no longer be effective. “Based on recent discussions, I believe that time has come,” he said.