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Cedar Bluff mayor and town clerks resign

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CEDAR BLUFF, Ala. - 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.

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