Jackson County Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges announced last week his intent to resign his position as of September 30.


Hodges wrote a letter to Governor Kay Ivey on Friday that stated: “It is with great humility and difficulty that I offer my letter of resignation from the position of chairman of the Jackson County Commission with anticipated resignation date of September 30. I have enjoyed my past five years of service to my county and my combined 15 years of service to my community. I recently received  a job offer that I ultimately felt I could not turn down. The responsibilities of this new position will take substantial time away from serving as chairman. The time required to devote to these new responsibilities lead me to the conclusion that I should resign if I am to pursue this new long term opportunity. I simply cannot devote the time necessary to do the job of chairman in a manner that the people of Jackson County deserve. I must say a sincere thank you to the citizens of my community for allowing me to serve for so many years. It has been an honor. Public service remains in my blood and while I must step out of my role as a chairman at this time, I sincerely hope that another opportunity to serve the public will present itself in the future. Regardless, I hope to remain an active member of my community and continue to work to make it a better place to live. I understand that it will be the Governor’s role to appoint an individual to fulfill my term. If I can be of any assistance in that process or in any other manner during my remaining weeks I will be glad to do so. Thank you, Governor, for your consideration of this letter and for your dedicated service to this state.” Hodges has served in the Chairman position since November, 2012.  He says that he plans to finish this year’s budget cycle and help the Commission through the process. “The reason we continue to run is because of the employees of this county. I feel like this last commission has been incredibly successful at maintaining a situation that has been difficult. The only reason that we’ve been successful is because our employees continue to work hard and continue to do what they know needs to be done to keep this county running. I will never be able to say thank you enough to these employees. This decision is about me and my family. But ultimately it’s about this county and how this county can go forward successfully.  We have very good people working for us.”
Governor Ivey is expected to appoint someone to this position within the next six weeks. 

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