The Athens Review
ATHENS - After accepting the position of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, Athens Mayor Randy Daniel will resign as the Mayor of Athens. Daniel will also be resigning from his position at Trinity Valley Electric after 35 years of employment.
Daniel who has held the Mayor’s position for 7-1/2 years, has already tendered his letter of resignation to the Athens City Council. The council is expected to act on the resignation at the next city council meeting.
Daniels resigned as Mayor of the City of Athens because the city charter does not allow the holding of dual offices.
Henderson County Commissioners looked at 16 applications for the JP position, before deciding on Daniel. The JP seat was left open after Judge Henry Ashford suddenly died of an apparent heart attack.
Daniel will serve the remainder of the term left by Judge Ashford. Ashford's term would have ended Dec. 31, 2013.
Daniel responded to phone calls from the Athens Daily Review Friday. He said during the conversation that comments made on a post on Facebook summed up his story. The post said, “I want to say thank you to the citizens of Athens for allowing me to serve them as Mayor for the last 7-1/2 years, and look forward to serving them in this new capacity.”
Residents of Athens, and employees who worked with Daniel during his tenure at TVEC had a lot to say about his new position, and leaving the job he has held for so many years.
TVEC employee Shannon Steakley posted on Facebook, “A great man announced his plan to retire from TVEC at the end of this year. I will miss you. You have been a mentor, and a wonderful friend to me, and you can never be replaced. I'm still crying. Good luck in your new venture.”
Daniel made an unsuccessful bid for Henderson County Judge in 2002, in a race won by David Holstein. He also served as Henderson County Democratic Party Chairman.