In a surprise counter-move, Luther Mayor Lea Ann Jackson resigned as a trustee (and therefore her mayoral position) for the Town of Luther today.
The resignation came late on Thursday after a tentative town agenda circulated that had an item regarding electing a new mayor.
Jackson brought an agenda item to the board last October to remove former Mayor Birlene Langley from the position and was successful. It was a notorious meeting in which a tussle was caught on video.
Jackson was appointed mayor in December, and at the time was looking forward to building some consensus.
“More than anything, I want us to work together. I think we are all starting to look at things that are best for the town, not a particular faction, but the town as a whole,” said Mayor Jackson in December 2015.
Word is that at least some of the four other trustees wanted to remove Jackson as mayor at the June meeting. The mayor is elected by fellow trustees, runs the meetings and does not receive any pay.
Recently, Jackson led the board and town employees in a budget exercise in advance of the new fiscal year that begins in less than a month. Mayor Jackson had warned the town that its expenditures were outpacing income for the town.
In her day job, Jackson is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Oklahoma Bankers Association. She is a certified public accountant and a certified association executive, as well as a licensed insurance agent. She served on the Governor’s Task Force for Recovery after the May 3, 1999, tornado and was a finalist for The Journal Record Woman of the Year in 1999, according to the OBA website.
A regular town meeting is scheduled Tuesday night, June 12.