EXTRA CONTENT: Following resignation, Cannon will serve as city consultant at same pay
After 13 years, Bill Ed Cannon is out as Corbin City Manager. However, he will remain involved in Corbin city government through Nov. 8.
Cannon, who was recently discovered on a list of Knox County property owners delinquent on their tax bills, turned in his letter of resignation effective at the close of business on Monday.
"Please accept my sincere thanks for the opportunity you gave me to work with you for the past 13 years; and the personal closeness and the consideration and support shown by the Citizens of Corbin and the political leaders that I have been privileged to work beside," Cannon stated in the letter that City Attorney Bob Hammons read aloud at the meeting.
While Cannon is stepping down from the city manager position, the commission approved an agreement for Cannon to remain as an on-call consultant with the city for the next three months.
Cannon will be "on-call" to city officials during that time. However, he will continue to be paid the same salary, $78,000 that he received as city manager. In addition, he will continue to receive his benefits and vacation, though he will not be eligible for sick pay.
Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said there are a number of grant applications in which Cannon is involved as well as other projects on the table.
"Hopefully, before he leaves, we will have most of these grants and projects wrapped up and a replacement in place," said Commissioner Joe White.
Neither McBurney nor the commissioners would comment on what led to the resignation, only saying that it was the right time and now that it is over and done with, it is time for the city to move forward.
McBurney said the city will immediately begin the process of finding a new city manager. The vacancy will be advertised in the newspaper and trade magazines.
After the commissioners voted unanimously to accept Cannon's resignation, Commissioner Joe Shelton offered his thanks to Cannon for his service to the City of Corbin.
"On a personal note, I will miss Bill Ed a lot," Shelton said. "He is a good friend."
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