Cedar Bluff mayor and town clerks resign

Cedar Bluff Municipal Offices. (

The Cherokee County town of Cedar Bluff is looking for a new mayor and town clerks.Martha Baker first served as mayor from 2004 to 2008, after a previous stint on the town council.{} She became mayor again in 2012.{} She called for a special council meeting Friday.{} She announced her resignation to the council during the Monday afternoon meeting."There's nothing hanging over my head or over the town.{} The town's in good financial shape," Baker said."It's in good shape, it's been in good hands.{} We've had good people and we've got good employees, so it's not any of that."She will stay on for 30 days to assist the council in its transition to a new mayor."It just got to be where I thought it was time that I stepped down and somebody else have it," Baker said.Town clerk Chelsey Chandler submitted her resignation last Tuesday.{} She took the position last June and is seeking career advancement to use her business degree.{} Assistant town clerk Kelley Burnett informed the council on May 8 that she is moving.Council member Tammy Crane became mayor pro tem Monday, following Baker's announcement."I was surprised, but I feel very confident that the town council will make the best decisions for the town, and we will move forward and prosper," Crane said."I'm very sad.{} I love all three of the ones that are leaving.{} It's very unfortunate and we are going to miss them," she said."We appreciate everything they've done.{} Martha is wonderful and she's been a great mayor."The Cedar Bluff council has 60 days to select a new mayor.{} If the city cannot reach a decision, governor Robert Bentley will appoint someone.The next council meeting is June 9.The council also voted Monday to cancel Liberty Day festivities on July 4.{} Baker said it is unrelated to the resignations."Physically and financially{}I don't think we have the background to make it happen.{} We don't have enough people, supportive people," Baker said.In 2013, 26 donors contributed $7,500 for Liberty Day.{} This year the city received 13 donations for $2,500.Three food venders signed up for this year's festivities, compared to eight last year.{} There were 73 registrations for arts and craft vendors in 2013.{} Baker said there were only six vendors signed up thus far.