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Alderwoman Angie Hedberg (third from left) at this week's BOMA meeting. TENA LEE

In the wake of three separate online news reports of alderwoman Angie Hedberg's May DUI charge in Cheatham County as well as an incident weeks later in Hendersonville, two of her Ward 3 constituents called for her resignation during Tuesday's Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

The comments came during the citizens' comments portion of the meeting in which both Joe Waldron and Donoven Rice told board members Hedberg should resign.

Both said they were bothered by news accounts of Hedberg's actions and that they raised issues of integrity in their opinion.

Each time, Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary cautioned the citizens to not name the alderwoman and to only discuss issues, "not personalities."

"Integrity is very, very big to me," said Waldron.

Both were stopped during their comments by Clary and told to either address each alderman individually with their concerns or bring the issue up at the city's next General Committee meeting. The committee's next scheduled meeting is Aug. 8.

By law the board could vote to censure Hedberg or move toward ouster proceedings.

Resident Chris Spencer, who also spoke during citizens' comments, said Hedberg should be given the benefit of the doubt and that aldermen and citizens shouldn't rush to judgement.

Spencer specifically referenced the Hendersonville Standard's article.

"In my opinion the event that was discussed in that paper happened two months ago so it wasn't a current event and the story tried to link a pattern of behavior and in my opinion that was wrong," he said. "We are innocent in this country until proven guilty. I am not here today condoning drunk driving but I'm more appalled at some of the behavior from even some of the members of this board. To use this incident for political advantage or personal vendetta is regrettable."

Late last week Ward 5 Alderman Darrell Woodcock posted on his Facebook page that Hedberg should resign, pointing out that Hedberg has missed several key BOMA meetings. He has since deleted the post.

Editor's note: The following is a copy of Rice's letter to Mayor Jamie Clary and the Hendersonville Standard .


Mr. Chairman,

As a citizen of Hendersonville and as a man of faith I am calling on the Alderman of Ward Three to resign.

I am asking for this resignation because this elected official has been accused of putting the lives of people I love in danger.

I am asking for this resignation because it just as easily could have been my friend Matt Thompson, who I grew up with and who lives in Mansker Farms, driving behind her instead of that stationary mailbox.

I am asking for this resignation because it just as easily could have been a young child walking behind her instead of that stationary mailbox.

I'm asking for this resignation because as a representative of this city, she has been accused of committing not one but two different crimes, as well as lying to law enforcement officials.

I'm asking for this resignation for the benefit of her, and her family, to take the time needed to get the help she needs because after the articles and police reports that have been made public, some help is needed.

More importantly I'm asking for this resignation because when a person responsible for making laws is dishonest and evasive with those responsible for enforcing the law, there is a conflict of trust that can't be reconciled.

I want to be proud of the people that we've elected to this board, and the acts this Alderman has been accused of are less than honorable.

Mr. Chairman, I am publicly and sincerely calling on this Alderman to please do the right thing and resign immediately.

People make mistakes, I get that. We're all human. It becomes a problem when that one incident turns into a clear pattern of behavior. I am asking this person to set a better example than they have been and resign.

Donoven D. Rice,

Hendersonville

To view the original article, visit http://hendersonvillestandard.com/hendersonville-alderwoman-charged-with-dui-in-cheatham-county-cms-11828

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