Anniston City Councilman David Dawson has resigned.
In a letter sent to city officials this morning, Dawson asked his fellow council members to accept his resignation "effective immediately."
"Although I had hoped to complete my term, it is with great sadness I realize I cannot continue to effectively represent Ward 4 as I will be traveling away from the city I love a great deal in the future," Dawson wrote in the letter.
Attempts by The Star to reach Dawson this morning were unsuccessful.
Dawson has had a difficult year. In January, he resigned from his job at Anniston Pathology, where he had worked for 30 years. At the time, Dawson cited a disagreement with one of the partners as his reason for resigning.
A month later, Dawson, along with Regional Medical Center, Anniston Pathology Management Services and RMC employee Tim Jones, was sued for sexual harassment by Kay Dodd, a cytotechnologist at RMC. The lawsuit alleges that Dawson created a hostile work environment, a charge Dawson denied.
At the beginning of this month, the Ward 4 representative turned in his city-issued iPad and missed a council meeting without an explanation.
The City Council meets tonight for an informal meeting at 4 and a formal meeting at 6.
Robinson said the council will discuss Dawson’s resignation and the replacement process at the informal meeting tonight. A motion to accept Dawson's resignation also will appear on the formal agenda, the mayor said.
Whoever is appointed to the newly vacant Ward 4 seat could serve out Dawson’s term until a new council is sworn in after municipal elections in August.
“It’s weird to have to do this to begin with,” Robinson said.
Dawson is the second city council member to resign in the past four months.
John Spain, the former Ward 1 representative, resigned in December as a part of a deal to end three court cases against him. Spain had legal troubles for months before his resignation, including an assault charge stemming from an altercation with the mayor and an alleged violation of the "council-manager" act. After a contentious replacement process, local architect Jay Jenkins was appointed to fill Spain's spot.
A hearing for a motion to dismiss in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Dawson and his former employer was set for this morning. But Circuit Judge Brian Howell said he postponed the hearing to give Dawson more time to find an attorney.
Star Staff Writer Cameron Steele: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @Csteele_Star.