DARIEN | McIntosh County Manager Brett Cook resigned unconditionally Monday just over two months after resigning his dual position as city manager.

 

“It is with a heavy heart that I am tendering my resignation immediately as McIntosh County manager,’’ Cook said in a letter to the county commissioners who received it at a specially called meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Cook said it had been a pleasure working with the county for the past 5 1/2 years, and that he believes the county government had accomplished a lot during his tenure.

“However, my health and my family need my attention at this time, and I cannot continue to maintain the workload of this position,” he wrote.

County Commission Chairwoman Kelly Spratt announced Cook’s resignation after the commissioners emerged from a 50-minute executive session. County Clerk Patrick Zoucks automatically assumed the city manager’s position until a full-time replacement is hired.

The closed-door session was not all about Cook. The commissioners also voted on two land transactions that were apparently also discussed in private, which is permitted under the state open meetings law.

Upon the advice of County Attorney Adam S. Poppell III, the commissioners delayed a vote on whether to accept Cook’s resignation.

It was Poppell who described the resignation as unconditional and said it was best to vote on the matter as an agenda item at the next regular meeting.

Cook did not respond to a Times-Union call seeking comment.

Cook resigned as city manager in mid-March, but said he did so only after City Councilman Griffin Lotson asked a lawyer to negotiate his early dismissal. Cook had been city manager for five years before agreeing to serve in the dual role of managing Darien and McIntosh County.

Soon after Cook’s resignation as city manager, City Clerk Priscilla Taylor gave her notice in a letter accusing the mayor and council members of deceit in their handling of matters that led to Cook’s resignation.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405