Mayor reacts to Alderman's resignation after DUI arrest

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman member Elmer Jantry Shupe has resigned effective immediately, according to Kingsport City Spokesman, Tim Whaley.

Shupe was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent on Friday night. The Tennessee Highway Patrol told us a trooper saw Shupe's car driving erratically and stopped him.

Mayor Dennis Phillips said in a statement that Shupe's decision to resign is the best thing for the community.

"It's just not something that he or any of us are proud of but it's one of those things that happened and the first priority here is for him to get his life back in order and, like I said, be the citizen he's capable of being," said Phillips.

Officers previously charged Shupe with DUI on June 2, 2013. He was found not-guilty for that offense.

Shupe's next court date is set for September 4th.

Mayor Phillips told us they will appoint someone to Shupe's seat within the next 30 days. He said he already has a candidate, from Colonial Heights, to bring to the board in the next few days.

Whoever is appointed to fill the vacancy, will serve until June 30, 2015. They can decide to run in the May election for a full four year term, according to Phillips.

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