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TREZEVANT, Tenn. (September 4, 2018) — Dennis Mitchell tendered his resignation as mayor of the Town of Trezevant on Wednesday, August 22. Vice-Mayor Bobby Blaylock was sworn in as the new mayor the next day.
Mitchell was first appointed to the position upon the resignation of Mike Mulligan in 2013 during Mitchell's first term as alderman. He was reelected in 2014 to a two-year term and again in 2016 to a four-year term.
Blaylock had served as an alderman since 2000.
Mitchell's letter to the aldermen reads in part, “After much prayer and thought, I have made this decision as I feel I can no longer give the town the attention it deserves. As you all know, in June of 2017 I received a new job assignment at my full-time job. It has taken more of my time that I realized, and I feel it is in the best interest of the town and its citizens for me to allow someone else to hold this important position. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve on this board with all of you these past years.”
In an interview with The Banner, Mitchell elaborated that his new assignment with the Milan Police Department is a partnership with the FBI on violent crimes against children that spans all of West Tennessee. “It's an opportunity to help kids and also to advance my skills.”
He also expanded on his message to the aldermen and to the citizens of Trezevant. “I was very passionate about my mayoral duties, and I regret that I felt I needed to resign.”
He said that he would have liked to complete his term (2020), but given his new responsibilities, he thought Blaylock would be more able to devote the time that is necessary and deserved by the citizens.
“I'll miss the involvement,” he said. “I may run again when I retire from law enforcement.”
He continued, “I love Bobby dearly, and I know that he knows what needs to be done. I told him I'm here for him in any way I can help.”
Mitchell also expressed hope that more people would get involved in local government. “I encourage anyone in town to get involved, even if it's just for a short time.”
He said that he has “great confidence” in the remaining board members.
The promotion of Blaylock to mayor complicates an already tricky situation for the Trezevant board. With expiring alderman terms set to leave two vacancies after the November election, Blaylock's seat opens up a third.
The board will address the issue at a special called meeting Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the community center.