Oakwood announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, that City Manager Stan Brown would serve as the interim city clerk. This comes six days after the previous clerk, Tangee Puckett, was cleared of criminal charges that cost her the job.
"I'll serve in that role until we have a permanent position filled there," Brown said by phone Tuesday evening.
Puckett was previously charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act and obstruction. Her charges were dismissed after a Sept. 11 hearing before a Magistrate Court judge.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the domestic call around 10:10 p.m. Aug. 22 on East Bolding Road.
Defense attorney Graham McKinnon previously told The Times the judge watched body camera footage of the incident and eventually ruled there was a lack of probable cause for the arrest.
“I am happy the truth has come out and my name has been cleared, if that is even possible at this point,” Puckett said in a previous statement.
Brown previously told The Times Puckett was terminated and that “the status of her charges does not affect our decision.”
He declined to comment on a question from The Times regarding Puckett’s ability to regain employment with the city.
“Swift justice is small consolation for being manhandled, arrested and jailed for crimes you did not commit. In the short time between her arrest and this dismissal, Tangee lost her reputation and her job. It’s likely a complaint will be lodged with Sheriff Couch, and I anticipate his office will use this incident as a training opportunity,” McKinnon said.