Nelson mayor resigning immediately
by Joshua Sharpe
May 15, 2013 12:00 AM | 3115 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nelson Mayor Mike Haviland, left, and Councilman Duane Chronic discuss the agenda for a meeting, during which a law requiring gun ownership was passed. <br>Staff/Joshua Sharpe
Nelson Mayor Mike Haviland, left, and Councilman Duane Chronic discuss the agenda for a meeting, during which a law requiring gun ownership was passed.
Staff/Joshua Sharpe
The mayor of the small northern Cherokee-Pickens city of Nelson said Tuesday he is resigning immediately as a result of the Nelson City Council’s attempts to “remove or transfer” the powers of the office of mayor.

Mayor Mike Haviland chose to resign because the actions of the City Council over the past four years have caused a change in Nelson’s government and a “contentious working relationship” between his office and the council, his letter of resignation forwarded to the Tribune states.

Haviland said this situation is not “serving Nelson government or its citizens well.”

Council member Jackie Jarrett said Monday that he didn’t know how to interpret Haviland’s statements against the City Council.

“I hadn’t had nothing to do with trying to flip-flop anything,” Jarrett said. “I know the mayors we’ve had seem like they’ve wanted to take the city in a different direction. And it’s not just in the last four years.”

For the past four years, Haviland said the efforts of the City Council to adjust the authorities of the office of mayor has turned Nelson’s government from one led by a “strong mayor” to one led by the city manager, a “strong city council” and “weak mayor.”

Jarrett though said that Haviland, who was mayor about a year, knew before taking office how Nelson government ran.

“I don’t know what he come in for,” Jarrett said. “He just come in with a bunch of big-city ideas on how to run things and do things that don’t work in a small town like we’ve got.”

Haviland expressed thanks to Nelson, its staff, officials and residents, and the press for their support in his time as mayor.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have served and contributed to Nelson city government,” Haviland wrote. “And while the city faces serious challenges in the future, I have every confidence that the leadership and vision of the City Council management team along with its staff and city manager will step forward to address them.”

Haviland counts as the second Nelson mayor to resign in two years, following Mayor David Leister’s resignation in 2012.

Haviland declined to comment further on his statements against the City Council on Tuesday afternoon.

Nelson councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Jonathan Bishop will likely take over the mayor’s duties for the time being, Haviland said.
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Edith Portillo
May 15, 2013
It’s amazing to see your article on the resignation of the X Major Haviland of the City of Nelson..

#1. Mr. Haviland knew coming in that he would have no Powers since he was very much in support of the Council at the time that David Leisters Powers were taken away from him.

#2. He was very much aware that he would not have much to do

#3. The little Powers that he had left he did not want to do, so for the six months that he sat on the Council he actually did nothing.

He had many ideas for the City of Nelson but, I personally think they would have never worked for our Small City.

To put it in a nutshell it got to hot in the Kitchen for him so he could not take the heat so he took the easy way out leaving his Voters thinking why did we vote for this guy.

I think that without Mr. Haviland we will survive and have a better working atmosphere as we had before he came into the picture.

Thank you

Councilwoman Edith Portillo
May 15, 2013
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