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Municipal Judge on Administrative Leave Resigns

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VALLEY MILLS - The resignation of a Valley Mills municipal judge left several residents with many questions on Monday.

The Valley Mills city council accepted the resignation of municipal judge and county clerk Madolyn Johnson at a city council meeting on Monday.

She had been placed on administrative leave for unspecified reasons since early August.

The city council voted to accept her resignation in open session. However, the discussion leading up to it, was held behind closed doors.

Mayor Jerry Pierce said the council discussed talking to Johnson's attorney and the safety of city premises. However, he did not give out any specifics.

Resident Bill Lancaster said Johnson was an efficient judge and clerk that he would trust to the end.

"I'm disappointed in the judge's resignation. We don't know the circumstances,” said Lancaster. “We had a large crowd here that was here to find out why the judge resigned.”

Pierce said the resignation caught him off guard but he understands her decision. He called Johnson a good woman who served the community for a long time.

Pierce said he would not release any more details because it is a personnel matter.

"We cannot disclose confidential matters of these individuals, even it causes some distrust and some upset in the community,” said Pierce.

City secretary Christi Turner, who was also on leave, returned to work on Monday. The mayor said it is a personnel matter that he could not discuss. Turner did not want to comment on the matter.

An interim municipal court clerk and municipal judge will start working on Tuesday until a new person is hired.
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