McNairy County Schools Superintendent Charlie Miskelly announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31 of this year, at the local board of education’s recent monthly meeting.
Miskelly’s announcement came as a shock to board members, said board Chairman Frank Lacey.
"We were not expecting this at all," Lacey said. "He said he was tired and the time was right. We appreciate everything he has done, espeically getting this school year started (before resigning)."
Miskelly’s 14-year tenure has not been without its share of turmoil. In October of 2010 he was abruptly fired without warning or discussion from school board members. He was rehired shortly thereafter and his contract was extended only months after his termination.
Lacey says the process of finding a new superintendent is underway and he has already contacted the Tennessee Education Association to come up with a list of qualified candidates.
"We are working to establish the criteria of what we are looking for in a superintendent," Lacey said. "Once we have that we will start to put together a list of options and begin the interview process."
Both internal and external candidates will be considered, he said.
Despite differences in the past, Lacey hopes members of his board will work together to provide what is best for their school system.
"I don’t think we will have a problem having someone in place by the time the new year is here," he said.
Attempts to contact Miskelly were unsuccessful.