UPDATE: Richlands Mayor unable to rescind resignation

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RICHLANDS, VA (WVNS) — 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Days after resigning then rescinding that resignation, 59News finally has an answer to whether Paul Crawford will remain Mayor of Richlands.

Town Attorney Wayne McClanahan checked with Virginia Law and discovered Crawford will not be able to rescind his resignation. A joint statement was issued from the Richlands Town Council and Former Mayor Crawford.

“After mutual examination of the Virginia Code, it has come to the attention of both the Richlands Town Council and Mayor Paul Crawford, that his previously tendered resignation is irrevocable under Virginia Law. As such, Mr. Crawford will no longer seek to withdraw his resignation. The Richlands Town Council would like to thank Mayor Crawford for his diligent service to the Town of Richlands. Councilman Rod Cury, as Vice Mayor, will preside over the next regularly scheduled Town Council Meeting on March 9, 2021.”


RICHLANDS, VA (WVNS) — 12 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2021: Richlands Mayor Paul Crawford announced on Friday he retracted is resignation. The change comes not long after he submitted the letter announcing he is stepping down.

“One thing I have always disliked in people is lack of decisiveness and here I am being indecisive. After talking with several people whose opinion I value highly, I have reconsidered my decision to resign as mayor.”

The town attorney and voting board are checking the laws to see if this is even allowed.


ORIGINAL STORY — 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021: Just months after being re-elected, the Mayor of the Richlands, in Tazewell County, Virginia, resigned. Paul Crawford is resigning. He issued this statement to 59News:

“I tried to do the best I could for Richlands. I don’t like the direction the town is going, choosing to close the Richlands Dispatch Center and join Tazewell County 911. I don’t want to spend the time and energy on something that is a lost cause.”

Former Richlands Mayor, Paul Crawford

Crawford was elected Mayor of Richlands in January 2019. He was re-elected in 2020.

The Richlands Town Charter states in the Mayor’s absence, the Vice Mayor will take over the duties of Mayor for the remainder of the term. Vice Mayor Rod Cury will now act as Interim Mayor of Richlands. His duties start March 9, 2021.

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