Henderson explains reasoning for resignation from city councilBy Emily Etheredge Published 6:14pm Friday, June 7, 2013
Councilman Rex Bittle said the new database was discussed during the work session on May 16 and everything is on track to have a new way to receive financial updates for the city on the new database.
“I regret Henderson resigned before the new database got up and running because we will have a new way of getting financial updates, that I think it will make things a lot easier,” Bittle said.
Reed said the council is responsible for the finances of the city and any councilman has the ability to request city financial records at any time.
“We wouldn’t keep Henderson from seeing any of the records,” Reed said. “There might have been a delay in getting the check registry together but we would never keep a councilman from seeing the records.”
Bittle said the city is working to get all of the records lost during the crash restored and hopes to have a new computer database unveiled no later than July.
Councilman George Brasher, who is serving in his fifth term as a councilman, said the council has a system set up where they usually have a check registry given at the second meeting of each month.
Brasher explained that at the first meeting of every month some of the city’s monthly bills have not arrived so it has been the standard procedure for the council to have a list of the regular monthly bills at the second meeting of the month.
Brasher said for any specific bill the city has paid, the council can go to Hogge and request a copy of the bill and she will provide the copy to them.
“We did discuss at our last work session a new computer program that will be installed that is going to make things a whole lot easier,” Brasher said. “I think this new program is going to allow everything to be itemized.”
Henderson said resigning from the council position was not an easy decision for him and one that he thought about for a long time before officially deciding to resign “I want to apologize to the people who voted for me because I feel like I let them down in some ways,” Henderson said. “When I decided to run for a position on the council I thought I could make a difference in this city, but it turns out I was just very naive.”
Henderson said he has no vendetta against the city and thinks there are things going on in Jemison that are “fantastic.”
In August 2012 Henderson defeated incumbent Donnie Lane for the District 2 position in the municipal elections with 62 percent of the votes compared to Lane’s 38 percent.
“I appreciate all of the people who voted for me, but things have to be done right and I could not continue serving on the council,” Henderson said. “If you are an elected official it is your responsibility to see the city expenditures before voting on them.”