Brookhaven Councilman Jim Eyre resigns

Brookhaven Councilman Jim Eyre resigned his seat Tuesday night, Channel 2 Action News has confirmed.

Eyre was elected as part of Brookhaven’s inaugural council when it became DeKalb County’s newest city in 2012.

He had been a skeptic of creating Brookhaven. Despite his public reservations about cityhood, he bested two other candidates in his bid to represent District 2.

Eyre, vice president of the Ashford Park Civic Alliance and owner of a real estate firm, beat sales manager Larry Hurst and Russell Mitchell, a financial manager and secretary of Brookhaven Yes, a group that pushed for establishment of the city.

In a video of the council meeting posted online Tuesday night by the Brookhaven Post, Eyre read a statement and immediately left council chambers.

In the statement, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Eyre said, “I have said to those closest to me that I will continue to serve my constituents as a District 2 councilmember until I felt I could no longer effectively represent the residents of District 2. Based on recent conversations I believe that time has come. Therefore, effective immediately, I am resigning my position as the District 2 city councilmember in the city of Brookhaven. I would like to thank the residents of my district for their support during my time in office.”