Jim Eyre, the first elected official in Brookhaven’s short municipal history, resigned his seat Tuesday night.
Eyre read the following statement at the city’s regular council meeting:
“I have said to those closest to me that I will continue to serve my constituents as a District 2 city council member until I feel I could no longer effectively represent the residents of District 2. Based on recent discussions, I believe that time has come.
“Therefore, effective immediately, I am resigning my position as the District 2 representative on the Brookhaven City Council.
“I would like to thank the residents of my district for their support during my time in office.”
Eyre then left the meeting, according to the Brookhaven Post. He also sent out an email containing the statement later that evening.
Eyre represented an area of the community that was the stronghold of the anti-cityhood movement, and was a vocal opponent of municipalization.
However, after the community voted to incorporate, he was handily elected to the city council without a runoff, becoming the city’s first elected official, defeating two other contenders without a runoff. One of the candidates seeking the District 2 seat was Russell Mitchell, a leader in the BrookhavenYES pro-cityhood organization.
All three of the other city council races required a runoff, including the mayoral contest.
The District 2 race was arguably the most vicious in Brookhaven’s inaugural political season. An organization called Start Brookhaven Right accused Eyre of calling a city of Brookhaven “a cancer.” A member of BrookhavenYES, Shannon Cameron, was listed as chairperson of that organization. Cameron now sits on the city’s planning commission.
Eyre was also the city’s first elected official to qualify for re-election.