Huntsville, TN (2018-01-16) In the wake of a state audit that found he couldn’t serve dual roles in county government, Fifth District Commissioner Trent W. Cross has submitted his letter of resignation. Since Tuesday night’s meeting (1/16) was cancelled due to inclement weather, the county legislative body will act on his resignation next Monday.
In a letter dated January 15, 2018 to his fellow Commissioners, Fifth District Commissioner Trent W. Cross formally announced his intentions to resign his seat on the county legislative body. Cross’ action follows a recommendation by Scott County Mayor Dale Perdue last month that Cross be removed as County Medical Examiner following a state audit that found his appointment to the post violated state law.
“Due to circumstances beyond my control, I must submit my resignation from the fifth district seat I hold on the Board of Scott County Commission,” Cross wrote. Cross was near the end of his first term on the county legislative body, having been elected in August 2014. During his tenure, he had become chairman of two powerful subcommittees of the county governing body—the Intergovernmental and Budget Committees. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve with you over the past 3 ½ years and during this time, I have made some lifelong friends and welcomed the knowledge and experience I have gained,” Cross commented.
Following the announcement of an audit finding in early December, Mayor Perdue called for the removal of Cross as the county’s Medical Examiner. Auditors found that his appointment to the post violated state law, which prohibited him from holding a countywide office and serving on the county legislative body.
With his resignation from the county legislative body, Cross can continue to serve as the county’s Medical Examiner—a position he has held since February 2015.
If accepted by the County Commission, Cross’ resignation will become effective at midnight on January 30, 2018.