King’s resignation letter was one line long, reading, “I hereby resign the office of Mayor of City of Adairsville.”
No reason was listed for King’s resignation. However, city council member and Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Bagley said he had been told it was for personal reasons.
“All I know is personal reasons, and that’s as far as I know,” Bagley said. “... He was a fine fella. He was OK. He was fun to work with.”
The news King was resigning came as a surprise to the council, Bagley added. “I don’t have anything to say against his mayorship at all because, as far as I’m concerned, he done a good job. It was a total shock to me that he resigned. ... I wish him all the best in the world and I hate to see him go, I really do.”
City Clerk Nicole Scoggins echoed Bagley in saying King would be missed.
“It has been a pleasure to work with him. I can’t even put into words that would even express remotely of how much he’ll be missed here,” she said. “... He always put everything — he’d always lay the odds out, put everything out. He never made a rash decision, which was always a part of his appeal, I believe. [You’d] never seen a temper, you’d never see anything like that.”
Adairsville will hold a special election for the remainder of King’s term, which is set to expire Dec. 31, 2016, according to a release from Scoggins. The release also said more information on qualifying will be available at a later date.
King was first elected mayor in 2007, when he ran against Tommy Young. King defeated Young 342 votes to 198, according to a report from The Daily Tribune News. He ran again in 2011 and was unopposed.
In an interview with the DTN following his first victory, King said he his priorities would be strengthening the police department, infrastructure needs and smart growth management.
“I’m very humbled by all those who supported me,” he said at the time. “I never expected anything like this. I’ve seen a lot of elections in Bartow County, and you never know how it’s going to turn out until the end.”