David Akins has resigned from his position as chief administrative officer of Etowah County.
The announcement came following an executive session during a special called meeting of the Etowah County Commission Tuesday morning.
Akins was not present during the meeting, but a resolution announcing the resignation was presented.
“Due solely to some health issues which David Akins has indicated he has been experiencing, he wishes to resign from his position as CAO of Etowah County. The Commission is working with David in this regard and is going to buy out his employment contract under its three month provision,” the resolution said.
According to Commission Chairman Joey Statum, a buyout was included as an option in the contract. All the commissioners chose to take that option, he said.
The resolution, which was read by Commission Chairman Joey Statum, went on to say that the Commission wishes David the best of health and expresses its sincere appreciation for his current service and former years of service to the work of Etowah County.
Following the approval of the resolution by commissioners, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Dollar was appointed as acting CAO.
Statum said they will begin searching for a full-time CAO once the budget for the upcoming fiscal year is approved and finalized. That budget must be approved by the end of September.
After Tuesday’s meeting concluded, Dollar provided no comment on being appointed as acting CAO.