UPDATE: Mayor of Scottsville announces retirement, interim named
The mayor of Scottsville has announced in a letter he will retire October 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
In the letter dated October 9, he says it was a great honor to serve as the city's mayor.
With this announcement, the city council has 30 days to appoint an interim mayor.
The council made the announcement of David Burch as the interim mayor Monday night.
At one point the meeting became heated as the public demanded that the council table the decision.
During the vote, only one council member, Michael McGuire, voted no to Burch's appointment. He shared his thoughts on why he believes the appointment should've gone to someone else:
"I voted 'no' because I felt that David Burch isn't right for the city of Scottsville to be mayor. To me it just kind of conflicted with my military background and stuff like that I felt like it was a predetermined notion that David Burch was already going to be the guy. It's been going around for weeks that Mayor Cline was going to be resigning. We came together as a council two weeks ago and discussed -- it was a public meeting and then went to a closed meeting and we discussed various topics inside the closed meeting and then we came back out of the closed meeting, but from the vibe with everyone talking they were on board with David Burch from the get-go. They just validated the rumors that we were going with David Burch and everyone was calling it beforehand."
Burch will serve a 13 month term as the interim mayor. The other city council members declined to comment.