Central Pacolet mayor, 2 councilmen resign - FOX Carolina 21

Central Pacolet mayor, 2 councilmen resign

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PACOLET, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A special election will be held in January for three government positions in the town of Central Pacolet.

Elections director Henry Laye said he received resignation letters Monday from the town's mayor and one council members. Shelly R. Smith was elected mayor in the January 2015 special election.

On Tuesday Laye confirmed a second council member, mayor pro tempore Shawn Price, also resigned.

Smith said her husband, herself and Price has all resigned before Nov 10. She said she's not sure why the election office didn't get the letters until this week. She said the remaining council members were responsible for mailing those letters in.

A former councilman said the announcements come after a dispute about funds for road repairs in the Pacolet Mills area.

Smith said that was not the case. She said the resignations were mostly due to time issues, and she didn't feel like any loose ends were left.

"At this time I am just too busy," Smith said. "I have a full-time job and I have a family that I need to take care of. I had decided not to rerun next year but at this point in time I feel like it's best if I go ahead and open it up to somebody who has more time to be able to step into that position that has the time to devote to the town what they need."

Due to their resignations, a special non-partisan election will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31.

"I still live in the small town and I'm a citizen here, I have a house here, I live right across from the Townhall and I wish nothing but good things for the small town," Smith said. "I'm a citizen here and I plan on being a citizen here for the rest of my life."

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