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Martin County Commissioners Respond to Sheriff's Resignation

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 by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - "He had received a letter from Sheriff Woodward that he was stepping down from his position," Chief Deputy Ernest Wakefield said. 

Addressed to the county judge and commissioners, Sheriff John Woodward submitted his letter of resignation, effective December 3rd. 

"We all kind of knew that it was probably coming," Wakefield said. 

His letter reads in part, "I just feel that it is best for everyone that I resign so this community can move forward in a positive and productive manner," and, "while I enjoyed serving as Sheriff, I feel it is more important to focus on my family and personal life at this point." 

Woodward has been the sheriff of Martin County since 2009, but hasn't always seen eye to eye with commissioners. 

"No personal issues, just county business," Commissioner Kenny Stewart said. 

Earlier this year, Woodward bought two sheriff vehicles without going through the proper bidding process through commissioner's court. Shortly after that, Woodward was the only elected official to not receive a pay raise. 

"You know I think that was kind of a turning point in the relationship between the sheriff and the commissioners," Stewart said. "After all that happened, communication was pretty much lost." 

"This is not a win-win situation. No one wins in a situation like this," Commissioner Bobby Holland said. "It kind of gives the whole Martin County a black eye. In today's world, with as much, I guess you can say technology we have, it takes just very little for it to get blown completely out of proportion." 

Commissioners say they were not surprised by his resignation. Woodward was not available for a comment. 

"I wish him well, I really do. I hope he can get everything squared away with himself," Holland said. "And if he does have any issues, get that squared away. I wish him and his family the very best."

Martin County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, December 8th at 9 a.m. to accept his letter of resignation. 

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