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Jackson’s Gap mayor, police chief resign

Published 8:10pm Thursday, November 11, 2010

The town of Jackson’s Gap is currently without a mayor or a police chief.

Mayor J.D. Ayers and police chief Kenny Sherrer have both resigned their posts this week.

Ayers, who was first elected in 2004, said he turned in his letter of resignation to Town Hall at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. He said he resigned the position to spend more time at his full-time job in construction.

“I’m self-employed and the economy is getting really bad,” Ayers said Thursday morning. “I need to focus on my work more.”

Ayers was re-elected in 2008 and his resignation means Mayor Pro Tem Janice Canham will become mayor.

Sherrer said he resigned to take a job as an investigator with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, although Sheriff Jimmy Abbett would not confirm that.

“I was offered a position with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and I took it,” Sherrer said.

Sherrer was formerly chief deputy for the department and was hired as Jackson’s Gap police chief Sept. 14, 2009.

“I’m looking forward to going back to work for the sheriff’s department,” Sherrer said.

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  • zeba

    I dont see where Jacksons Gap needs a cop. Since the expansion of 280, there is not much traffic through there anymore. It is so close to Dadeville, that it should all be considered Dadeville. Whatever little things they do at the town hall can be handled in Dadeville.

  • lucy

    If they would just incorporate and let the County take over it would be much easier and it would solve the problems they keep having with trying to staff the town.
    Who leaves a 40,000.00 a year job for a 25,000.00 anyway? They simply can’t get along long enough for anyone to see eye to eye on any issue from town clerk to equipment, so shut it down and let the County handle it. They cruise through there anyway.