Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart announced the resignation of fourth district Metro Council member Karl Pyrdom at Monday night’s Metro Council meeting. Mayor Stewart also appointed fellow fourth district member Oscar McGee to replace Pyrdom on the Metro Utilities Board and fellow fourth district member Jackie Burton to replace Prydom on the Metro Beer Board.
Mayor Stewart did not give a specific reason for Prydom’s resignation and Prydom did not attend the meeting.
Bedford County Sheriff’s Department officials arrested Pyrdom last spring in the Wal-mart parking lot in Shelbyville after he allegedly offered to sell one ounce of cocaine to an undercover police officer.
After initially appearing in Bedford County General Sessions Court, Pydrom’s lawyer, Ray Fraley, requested that the case be transferred outside the 17th Judicial District because of a conflict of interest. Last October, General Sessions Court Judge Charles Rich recused himself from hearing the case due to one of Pyrdom’s family members being an officer of the court.
In January, Prydom’s case was bound over to the Bedford County Grand Jury, according to the Bedford County Circuit Court Clerk. An official who is close to the case but wished to remain anonymous believes a plea deal is pending.
The Council will elect a replacement during their March 19 meeting. Interested parties must reside within the fourth district and be a registered voter in Moore County. The winning candidates must receive a simple majority, which is a minimum of eight votes. Should no candidate receive a majority vote in the first round, the lowest candidate(s) will be dropped through each successive round until a majority is received. Candidates will need a nomination from an existing council member to be considered.
For more information, contact Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart at 759-7076.