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Pelham resigns as Water Department director
Water Department director Anthony Pelham says the city has been denied CDBG funds.

Anthony Pelham has tendered his resignation as McMinnville’s Water Department director, making him the second city department head to resign in less than 30 days.

Pelham has been with the city for more than three years. He received an opportunity to be general manager and took it. 

“Warren County Utility District extended me an opportunity that I believe will be better for my family long term, and I have accepted their general manager’s position,” said Pelham. “My last day with the city is Aug. 13. I will begin at WCUD on Aug. 19.”

Pelham has been with the city since Jan. 4, 2016 and currently serves as director over Water and Sewer and as interim director of the city’s Public Works Department after the resignation of Brad Hennessee on July 19. Hennessee was with the city for 22 years. 

Responsibility for filling the two open positions falls on city administrator Nolan Ming. By current city code, the administrator has that authority. 

“We are moving quickly to fill both positions as soon as possible,” said Ming. 

Aldermen Kate Alsbrook, chairman of the city’s Water and Wastewater Committee says Pelham was an asset.

“Faith, family and reputation are the top three priorities for Anthony,” said Alsbrook. “I think he’s been given a chance to excel at Warren County Utility District and I understand why he took it. Anthony has done such a wonderful job with the Water Department, and I hate that we’re losing him. He’s leaving a gap that will be difficult to fill. 

Both positions will be advertised.