Mary Esther Reed is the first female mayor in Smyrna history.
SMYRNA, Tenn. -- Longtime local politician Tony Dover resigned as mayor, effective Thursday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m.
He’ll be replaced by Vice Mayor Mary Esther Victory Reed until next November’s regular Town Council election, confirmed Smyrna Town Manager Mark O’Neal.
Reed, a 10-year veteran council member, is scheduled to be officially sworn into the mayor’s slot on Sept. 10, the next regular Town Council meeting date at Smyrna Town Hall located on Front Street.
Dover’s resignation letter was given to O’Neal and other council members at noon Thursday, citing increased private job responsibilities as the primary reason for his resignation, thus ending 12 years as a councilman and mayor.
“Due to recent changes with my full-time job, I am no longer able to dedicate the time and energy necessary to effectively serve as the mayor of Smyrna,” Dover said in his resignation. “I have enjoyed serving the town and working with the public and members of the council, as well as with you (O’Neal).”
In the past 12 years, Dover has served Smyrna as councilman, as vice mayor during Bob Spivey’s mayoral administration, and ultimately, he was elected mayor in 2010.
“I thank the citizens of Smyrna for having trusted me with these positions,” Dover said. “I have been fortunate over the years to have had the flexibility to devote the time necessary to public service. However, my job situation has recently changed, and I can no longer divide the time necessary to serve. My family and providing for them must come first.”
Dover expressed confidence in Reed’s ability to serve as mayor of Smyrna, Rutherford County’s second largest municipality that has exploded with residential and employment growth the past four decades.
“I have every faith in Vice Mayor Reed, and know that she will step into the role as mayor as a capable and qualified leader,” Dover added.
Reed is the first female mayor in Smyrna history.
“I want to thank Mayor Dover for his tireless devotion and helping lead Smyrna into the modern era of government,” Reed said. “I’m honored to be the first female mayor of my great hometown that now has a population well over 40,000 citizens.”
Reed comes from a long line of family members who have served as elected and volunteer government leaders down through the past century.
Her father, longtime community businessman and civic leader Kenneth “Coon” Victory, served as a commissioner of Smyrna Town Government for 15 years back during the 1970s-1980s decade when the legendary Sam Ridley was mayor.
“That was back when we had the commission form of government,” Victory said. “I was the commissioner, for example, of parks and recreation before Smyrna went to the ‘council/city manager’ form of government.”
“I’m very proud of our daughter following in the family tradition of public service,” Victory said.
Reed’s two grandfathers, the late Lee Victory and Frank Crosslin, also served as elected Rutherford County Commissioners during their lifetimes.
Mayor Reed indicated she will seek election to the mayor’s office in the Smyrna November 2014 election.