West Pelzer Town Councilman Robert Alexander stunned his colleagues when he resigned at the end of the council meeting Monday. Alexander told the Council and a small audience that he was accepting an attractive job opportunity that would require him moving out of town.
“I always said if I got this kind of chance, I would take it. I hate leaving, because I love West Pelzer and I enjoy working with all the Council and the town’s employees. I know a lot of folks thought I would be disruptive when I got elected, but all I ever wanted was to see people get treated fair.”
Mayor Peggy Paxton conceded that she had shared that concern about Alexander, but quickly said that her fears proved to be unfounded. “You have been a breath of fresh air, and a real plus to this Council. The last two years have been the best two years this Council has had in my eleven years. You’ve done a great job, and we will all miss you.”
Town Attorney Carey Murphy told Alexander that as long as he still physically resides in town, he can serve; an offer Alexander agreed to. He expects to actually relocate in approximately two weeks. With two years left of the term, a special election will have to be held to fill the seat.