In a special called meeting of the Hiram City Council Tuesday, Mayor Carmen Rollins announced that she would resign her position as of July 1. Mayor Pro Tem Jack Paris, who was not present at the meeting due to health reasons, will take over from Rollins.
Because the city is in an election year, the change will not require a special election to replace Rollins.
After calling the meeting to order and reading from a prepared statement, an emotional Rollins announced that she had made the decision to step down, and alluded to conflicts between employees and other council members that had led to her decision.
As part of her prepared statement, Rollins cited a verse from the Bible contained in the Book of Matthew, saying “‘. . . every city or house that stands divided against itself, shall not stand.’”