To take his place, Mayor Tony Aikens said in a news release today that he was directing Maggie Hunt, chief deputy clerk, to serve as recorder pro tempore. Lenoir City Council members and Aikens will talk in the future about a permanent replacement for Johnson, according to a notice signed by Aikens.
In addition, Aikens said he was recommending that Johnson, who once worked in the Parks and Recreation Department, remain on as a city employee.
"He has been with the city for a considerable number of years and has had an exemplary record with the Parks and Recreation Department. I am prepared to recommend that he be restored to his previous position with all customary rights and privileges of an employee of Lenoir City," Aikens' notice states.
Johnson was elected to the post in 2008.
Johnson, in his resignation letter dated today to City Administrator Dale Hurst, said he wanted to return to his old job.