Two Bradley School Board Members resign over residency controversy
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Two Bradley County School Board members have chosen to resign over a residence controversy.
Both Troy Weathers and Rodney Dillard have moved out of the voting districts they were originally elected in.
State Senator Mike Bell filed a resolution to the Tennessee legislature claiming that both forfeited their seats as soon as they moved.
On Tuesday, the school system released a statement saying both Weathers and Dillard have decided to resign as a result.
The release says they read the state law as saying they could not seek re-election in the old district, but could serve out the rest of their terms.
The code reads “if any member ceases to reside in the county, the office of the member shall become vacant.”
Both members consulted with the Tennessee School Boards Association which advised it applied to leaving the county, not their districts.
The school board says both men were acting in good faith, but have chosen to step down now instead of being a distraction from the rest of the Board’s duties.
Troy Weathers is currently the School Board Chair and represents District 4.
Rodney Dillard represents District 5.
Neither are on the upcoming Republican primary ballot in May.