Trent Cross has resigned his position as Commissioner of the fifth district. The resignation was received by the Scott County Mayor’s office on January 16, following Scott County Mayor Dale Perdue’s recommendation to the Scott County Commission to remove Cross as the Scott County Medical Examiner on January 2.
Perdue’s proposal to the commission stemmed from a state audit report released in early December of 2017 that found Cross serving as a compensated County Medical Examiner and compensated Commissioner. The findings put the county in violation of a state statute, and contrary to an attorney general’s opinion. To bring the county into good standing Cross would be required to let go of a position.
Cross’s resignation came prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the commission, where action was expected to be taken in response to Perdue’s resolution. With a resignation on the table it appears that action has been taken by Cross himself to bring the county into good standings. It is unclear now if the commission will still cast a vote to remove Cross as the examiner and who will fill his spot for the seven months remaining in his term.
In an earlier interview with the Scott County News, Second District Comissioner, Sam Lyles told the Scott County News, “If he (Cross) resigns as commissioner, there is no conflict of interest and I don’t personally have a problem with him keeping the position (examiner). It’s a tough situation. We will have to wait and see what happens, but either way we have to vote.” The full court meeting has been rescheduled due to snow, and will meet January 22 at 6 p.m.
In Cross’s resignation he writes, “It is with a heavy heart and soul that I must pen this letter, but due to circumstances beyond my control I must submit my resignation from the fifth district seat I hold on the Board of Scott County Commission.
Over the past three and a half years I have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of the fifth district and Scott County as a whole. I have tried tirelessly and with great expense to my family to serve the citizens that elected me to this position. Over this time, I have fought for the best interests of the citizens of this great county we reside in. I unfortunately now find myself in a position where I can no longer provide the time nor effort it requires to adequately serve as a county commissioner. I will continue to pursue efforts to better Scott County and its citizens in other forms and endeavors to ensure we have a prosperous community for ourselves, children, and grand-children.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve with you over the past three and a half years and during this time, I have made some lifelong friendships and welcomed all the knowledge and experience I have gained. Due to me living outside of the Fifth District, I will no longer be able to serve the citizens of the Fifth District of Scott County, therefore I respectfully submit my resignation from this governing body effective at midnight on January 30, 2018.
I pray this body continues the proud work it has accomplished for the county and her citizens, and I ask that each of you seek guidance in prayer and constantly strive to make the best decisions possible for the wonderful people of this area and our fellow citizens. May God bless all of you and this great nation.”