Fairview Mayor John Blade resigned from his position on Tuesday, following a shoplifting in a Spring Hill Target store last month.
Pursuant to the city charter, Vice Mayor Debby Rainey has filled the seat as acting mayor and will remain in that role until the November 2022 mayoral election.
Blade turned himself in to the Maury County Sheriff’s Office and was issued a citation for theft of property on Oct. 8 after a shoplifting incident at Target on Crossings Boulevard in September. According to a Spring Hill Police Department report filed on Sept. 19, the store loss prevention officer shared that Blade went through the self-checkout with multiple items, scanned one and exited the store with the remaining unscanned items before returning to repeat the act. The loss prevention officer said Blade did not scan almost $300 worth of household and personal care items.
Blade was elected as the Fairview mayor in 2018. City officials did not mention whether the mayor’s resignation was tied to this shoplifting event in its announcement on Tuesday.
This presents a complication concerning the Fairview City Commission election, as early voting started on Wednesday with Rainey’s name on the ballot for city commissioner. Because Rainey will serve as acting mayor until November 2022, she cannot also fill the role of commissioner, but it is now too late for Rainey’s name to be removed from the ballot.
Thus, voters can still technically vote for Rainey as commissioner, but if she is one of the top three vote-getters on the ticket, that commission seat will remain vacant until Fairview holds a special election to fill that seat on the commission.