The Carthage City Council gathered for a special-called meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at Carthage City Hall. 

The purpose of this meeting was “to discuss a resignation letter from the City Recorder with option to take action on results of the discussion.” 

City Recorder Jennifer Parker submitted her resignation letter at the December council meeting, citing the “toxic” work environment created by the mayor as her primary reason for resigning.

During the special-called council meeting, the council opened the floor for Parker and other current and former city employees to speak. After asking clarifying questions of the employees, the council allowed Mayor Sarah Marie Smith to respond to Parker’s allegations.

Toward the end of the meeting, the council discussed ways to proceed and brainstormed ways to potentially limit the mayor’s power moving forward, including changing the city’s charter.

You can watch the full meeting below: 

Thanks to Smith County Animal Clinic for sponsoring the live broadcast of this meeting.

The Carthage City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Carthage City Hall, located at 314 Spring Street. All meetings are open to the public and are streamed live at 

The Carthage City Council will hold a special called meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Carthage City Hall, to conduct the council’s January business. The regularly scheduled meeting earlier this month was adjourned due to lack of a quorum.