Jennings Town Hall

Jennings Town Hall

JENNINGS — The Town of Jennings is looking for new office employees once again.

Barely two weeks after approving the hiring of a new town manager, the town is now searching for a town clerk and deputy clerk. Clerk Christy Smith and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Gantous submitted their resignations Feb. 6, effective the end of last week.

The clerks stated a “toxic work environment” for their departure in their resignation letters, which were emailed to the Town Council at 5:03 p.m. Feb. 6.

Both Smith and Gantous said interactions with Councilors Jerry Pittman and Samantha Prueter led to their resignation.

“I feel there is no confidentiality with these council members which seems to cause repercussions which I feel is unethical,” both wrote in their resignation letters.

Martha Butler, who was approved as the town manager Jan. 17, is out of the office on vacation, which has left the town without an office staff.

The Town Council issued a statement after holding an emergency meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning without prior notice. In the statement, the council said business will go on as usual.

“The Town is open for business,” the statement read. “The Mayor is in charge of any day to day needs. Temporary measures were set up to receive payments from the community and to have the front office covered. The Town’s Police Department, Water and Sewer Department and Public Works Department were at work and on task.

“The Town would like to thank the quick action of the Council and the flexibility of its employees in a unique situation.”

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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