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Bryant mayor announces financial director has resigned

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BRYANT (KATV) -- The City of Bryant has 15 days to form a budget for 2014, but it will have to come without the city's financial director.

Bryant's Mayor Jill Dabbs announced Monday that the city's financial director, Dennis Edwards, has surprisingly resigned

"During Mr. Edwards' first three weeks on the job, some members of the council continued to issue a barrage of Freedom Of Information Act requests on his department," Dabbs said while issuing a statement at Bryant City Hall.

"Hindering the department's ability to function and he pleaded with them to cease and desist."

Mayor Dabbs believes pressure from city council was the reason for Edwards vacating his position, but the lone council member who learned of the announcement last minute said different.

"I believe that Mr. Edwards was frustrated with the hand he was dealt," said councilman Randy Cox. "I think he was uncovering things he wasn't comfortable with, and that's why he departed."

Cox told Channel Seven that the next finance director will be the city's fifth in just three years. On Friday, Cox sent out an email asking for a special called meeting to address some financial woes.

"I received information that a Certificate of Deposit had been cashed in on the city for $1 million and there was no notification, or comments or communication with the city council so I had concerns about that," he added.

Both Mayor Dabbs and Councilman Cox echoed that they want Edwards to come back as the city's financial director, because he's made progress unlike others that filled the position in the past few years.

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