Ron Williams’ resignation from the Chattooga County Board of Education was made public over a week ago leaving the county school system with a four person board instead of five.  Chattooga County Election Superintendent and Probate Judge Jon Payne told AM 1180 that there would not have to be a special election to fill the vacancy. 

Payne said that the board would have the option of appointing someone to serve the rest of Williams’ term or they could do nothing and operate as a four person board.  Chattooga County BOE Chairman Eddie Massey said that a decision has not been made as to which way the board would choose.  An election to fill the open seat would be held next year during the primary and general elections. 

Williams, a retired teacher and coach, faced the choice of giving up his retirement or taking insurance at a much higher price than he was presently paying.  Williams told AM 1180 that he simply could not afford to continue.  He submitted the following letter of resignation to the Chattooga County Board of Education at their November meeting:

I would like to thank the people of Chattooga County for electing me to the Chattooga County Board of Education.  It is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as of tonight, 11/10/2011.  I appreciate the teachers of Chattooga County and all the support personel.  It is because of these dedicated people that I have been proud to serve.  Thank you very much for all that you do for the students.  I would also like to thank Mr. Linderman and the rest of the Board for their work in serving Chattooga County Schools.

Ron Williams