COOKEVILLE – Putnam County District 9 Commissioner Jimmy Neal has officially resigned his commission seat effective immediately, following his May 26 arrest on charges of possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography.
In a letter to Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter, Neal stated:
“Effective Immediately, I resign my seat as District 9 County Commissioner for Putnam County, Tennessee. Further, I am withdrawing my name as a candidate for the District 9 County Commissioner seat that is currently on the August 2022 ballot. If I am elected as the District 9 County Commissioner in the August 2022 election, I do not intend to serve. As such, if I am elected as the District 9 County Commissioner in the August 2022 election, please accept this letter as a prospective resignation from the aforementioned position.
It has been a true honor and privilege to serve the constituents of District 9 over the past several years.”
The resignation letter was sent to Porter by Neal’s attorney, Jonathan Farmer, and copies were sent to County Election Coordinator Michele Honeycutt, Chairman of the County Commission Mike Atwood, County Clerk Wayne Nabors and County Attorney Jeff Jones.
Neal’s name will still appear on the August 2022 ballot since it is past the time to officially withdraw from the race. The District 9 Commission Seat will be filled in a special election held concurrently with the November Gubernatorial election.