(08/17/2001)
Grantsville's newly elected mayor Don Harris has resigned. "I don't want to be a hindrance," he said. The town council held a special meeting Monday night reportedly called by councilman Jerry Collins to discuss a conflict with the mayor over his hiring of Deputy Sheriff Ron Gordon to cover the town for one week while Police Chief Charles McCroskey went on vacation. Some council members felt Harris had overstepped his authority.

Councilman Jerry Collins said a special meeting is scheduled Friday evening at 7 p.m. with attorney Tony Morgan to process the appointment of a new mayor. Collins says there had been a "conflict between the council and the mayor." He said he thought the conflict had been settled. "He (Harris) had been doing a good job."

Harris said he had been working hard to move ahead with projects for the town. "There is conflict over how I go about some things," he said. "I love the town and will continue to do whatever I can to help." Harris recently attended a workshop on grant writing, was putting together a proposal for building a new town hall and had met with Governor Bob Wise's staff last week regarding the project. "I think some of them thought I was moving too fast," he said. "Resigning has been hard for me, but I don't want to stand in the way."

Four members of the council voted to remove Gordon from his short-term duties and utilize auxiliary police volunteers Stanley Little and Pat Starkey, a recommendation reportedly made by Police Chief Charles McCroskey. Councilwoman Peggy Cain did not vote for the measure, expressing concerns about non-credentialed people providing police coverage. "I'm real concerned about the future of the town," she said.


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