Several voice support for Josh Ray at meeting following his resignation

Stephen Marcum

LDR photo/Steve Smith

Stephen Marcum addresses the Lebanon City Council Monday night after being asked to leave the meeting. He left council chambers after finishing his remarks.


Meeting just hours after the resignation of Mayor Josh Ray, the Lebanon City Council faced a barrage of criticism from the public at Monday night’s council session.

At the same meeting, the council postponed action on a personnel manual that had played a role in the controversies that eventually caused Ray to resign. The public comments portion of the meeting grew heated at times. Stephen Marcum, a former city council candidate, was interrupted by Mayor Pro Tem LeAnn Mather, who at several points asked him to be respectful.

“So here we got this meeting you guys decide to do behind our mayor’s back, I understand our mayor was busy with the tornado,” Marcum said. “I don’t know why the rest of you weren’t out looking at your ward. The mayor was out looking after the city.”

At another point, Marcum began, “What I learned in the military, in MP school..,” and a heckler replied, “Obviously not respect.”

“I’m about to come over there and show you a little respect,” Marcum responded and appeared to be about to leave the speaker’s podium.

At that point Mather banged the mayor’s gavel and Marcum resumed his comments.

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