A Grovetown City Councilwoman who incited a contentious debate at Monday’s meeting resigned Thursday.
Jennifer Jones submitted her resignation via email to Mayor George James and City Manager Shirley Beasley.
A message to Jones wasn’t immediately returned. Her resignation is effective immediately.
According to her email resignation, Jones stated the position took too much time away from her family.
“After much consideration and consulting with my family, we have decided I should put my family first,” according to the email.
During routine appointments at the Monday meeting, Jones made a motion to replace City Clerk Vicky Capetillo. Other City Council members didn’t initially agree. After a closed session to discuss personnel, all the proposed appointees, including Capetillo, were approved with Jones as the only dissenting vote.
Jones was appointed in January 2011 to fill the unexpired term of one of two resigning council members, Barry Davis and Robert Newman. She was elected to a four-year term in November 2011. Jones’ current term extends to the end of 2015.
Beasley said because more than a year remains in Jones’ term, a special election must be held to elect a replacement. If less than a year remained, a replacement could be appointed.
James said city leaders are consulting with the Board of Elections to nail down a special election date. The earliest possible election dates are March 19 and June 18.
“The earliest to me is the best,” James said. “Get it done, get all this behind us and let’s go on down the road.”