Mayor Hall’s statement
Here is the following statement that Mayor Don Hall read to the City Council Tuesday night:
“First of all, I would like to thank all of those who have shown their love and support through all the cards, emails, text messages and phone calls that Debbie has received since this whole ordeal started. They have been a comfort to the both of us. I wish to thank Council President (Bill) Smelser for filling the mayor’s position and Councilman (Kenny) Thompson for filling the Council President’s position. Both have done an excellent job.
“Regarding the incident the evening of Sept. 5 because of that event, I feel like I have disappointed and embarrassed the City of Hartselle, the members of the council, the city employees, my church and my family. For that I am truly sorry! The fact that the question of driving under the influence did come up, and in the manner in which it did, brought me to the realization that I had developed a serious problem, and that I needed professional assistance in dealing with the issue of alcohol. And that is what I have been doing for the past two weeks receiving professional help.
“Because the issue is still pending in court, I will refrain from making any other comments or answering any other questions regarding the event or discussing my situation prior to Sept. 5.
“I feel like I have served the City of Hartselle well during the past two years and will continue to do so. But if at any time I feel that I can no longer serve effectively as mayor, I will step aside from my post.
“Once again, I am truly sorry for what has taken place and I ask you for your prayers and your forgiveness.”