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Mid-South mayor resigns after conflict of interest complaints

There's a bit of controversy in a Mid-South city, after the city's mayor resigned because he says there a big conflict of interest on the city board. There's a bit of controversy in a Mid-South city, after the city's mayor resigned because he says there a big conflict of interest on the city board.

(WMC-TV) – There's a bit of controversy in a Mid-South city, after the city's mayor resigned because he says there a big conflict of interest on the city board.

"If it don't smell right, don't eat it," said former Gilt Edge, TN, mayor Phil Nelson. "So I'm not gonna sign my name and 20 years from now find it was wrong and possibly do jail time."

Nelson resigned his seat as mayor less than a month ago.

Gilt Edge Fire Chief Steve Fletcher was also a city alderman when Nelson resigned and he said that's wrong.

"I had a question about the fire chief, as far as him being able to receive incentive pay as fire chief and as alderman," Nelson adds.

State consultants agree with Nelson's opinion saying "Whether or not they have a city manager or not, the fire chief position is subordinate to the city manager or the board of commissioners, so it is an incompatible office which may not be held by a commissioner."

Steve Fletcher was recently appointed the new mayor of Gilt Edge.

He also said he disagrees with the state's opinion, as does city attorney Lyle Jones.

"The fire chief is supervised by the board," said Jones. "There are no allegations that anyone has interfered with that supervision, and there is, in fact, a provision in Ordinance 8 that would allow the mayor of Gilt Edge unilaterally to suspend the fire chief should any interference surface."

Mayor Steve Fletcher did not want to go on camera, but told Action News Five that as of now, he's still the fire chief.

He also said it's a new day in Gilt Edge and that he's working to heal the divisions in the community. He said he plans to address his position as fire chief and mayor at the next city board meeting February 14.

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