Posted: Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:01 p.m. CST
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – Jefferson Mayor Charles “Bubba” Haggard sent a letter of resignation to members of the city council and City Secretary Doris Hines Thursday.
“As Mayor of the City of Jefferson,” Haggard stated in a handwritten note to Hines, “please ask the City Council to accept this letter of resignation effective Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.”
Haggard had previously announced that he would not seek re-election in the May 2 election. Elected in 2018, Haggard had only a little more than two months left to serve.
Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem Victor Perot told the Jimplecute that he wished Haggard would complete his term.
“I hope he [Haggard] stays,” Perot said. “I hope he pulls the resignation back.”
The council will most likely not take up the matter of Haggard’s resignation until its March 17 meeting, according to Perot.
Perot said that he wanted to speak with Haggard and time to assess the situation.
“I need more time to digest this,” Perot said.
As mayor pro-tem, Perot would serve as mayor until the next election.
“I love Bubba to death,” Perot declared. “I think he has done a great job as mayor.”
Hattie Hackler, one of the candidates to replace Haggard also appreciated the mayor.
“I’d like to say, thank you Mayor Haggard for your time and service,” Hackler said.
Rob Baker is another candidate for Jefferson mayor.
“I would like to thank Bubba for his years of service for the people of this fine city. His dedication, sacrifice, and long hours are appreciated,” Baker said. “I would also like to thank his lovely wife, Jean, for her’s and the rest of the family’s support during his tenure. I wish him the best of luck as he enters into this new chapter of his life.”
Hollis Shadden, the third candidate on the May ballot for mayor, also expressed support for Haggard.
“I don’t know what caused him to leave,” Shadden said. “I hate to see him give it up, especially this close to his term being up. I wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do.”
A telephone call by the Jimplecute to Haggard was not returned.
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