HOGANSVILLE — Before addressing the concerns of Hogansville residents on downtown issues during the city’s first town hall of 2022, the Hogansville City Council chose first to respond further to the recent and sudden resignation of its City Manager, Jonathan Lynn.

At the town hall, resident Albert Prado asked council for additional details on the resignation of former city manager Jonathan Lynn. Mayor Jake Ayers said at the start of the town hall that Lynn had offered his resignation to the council at its June 20 meeting, and that he and the council had reached a written agreement on the resignation. The agreement, Ayers said, bars the board from sharing information about the details of the resignation.

“You ran on the platform [of transparency], I think the community needs to understand the reason for the resignation of the city manager,” Prado said. “Are there any inquiries into why the city manager left?”

City attorney Alex Dixon reiterated that Lynn had offered her consent, which the city accepted.

“The city council will not comment further,” he said.

Ayers said it was not a lack of transparency but rather a privacy issue for those involved.

“Nobody is trying to hide anything,” Ayers said. “We reached a mutual agreement to [Lynn’s] resignation. That’s exactly what happened, and it really is that simple.

After a four-hour executive session at the last board meeting on June 20, the board unanimously accepted Lynn’s resignation. The meeting ended just before midnight and Ayers nor the board members initially commented on the resignation.

Deputy City Manager Lisa Kelly will act as interim City Manager until a new City Manager is hired. Kelly previously served as Acting City Manager from January 2020 to July 2020 before assuming the role of Deputy City Manager when Lynn was hired in June 2020.