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EAST RIDGE, TN. (WRCB) -- A major shakeup in East Ridge Thursday evening, as the city is left without a city manager.

East Ridge City Mayor Brent Lambert says, in his words, "The writing was on the wall."

It was on the city council's agenda to discuss the future of Gobble's contract, but Gobble beat the council to the punch, by stepping down before the meeting.

"City Manager Tim Gobble is no longer city manager for the City of East Ridge," says

Tim Gobble was not at Thursday evening's East Ridge council meeting. Instead Deputy City Manager Eddie Phillips sat in his place.

That's because before the meeting began, Tim Gobble resigned as city manager.

"I'm personally disappointed," Mayor Lambert says. "If it was up to me, Mr. Gobble would still be here, working as city manager."

Mayor Brent Lambert, along with Councilman Larry Sewell, voted against Gobble's proposal of resignation.

But it received the approval of Denny Manning, Jim Bethune and Marc Gravitt.

In the agreement, Gobble will receive his base salary for the next seven months, along with health insurance benefits.

"I think certainly if it had been his choice, he would still be here as well," Mayor Lambert says. "But to him the writing was on the wall."

Channel 3 tried to reach Gobble for comment on his departure, but we were unsuccessful.

However, he told our partners at the Times Free Press: "I've filled out all my paperwork and turned in all my gear. I'm sorry things didn't work out with East Ridge. I wish them all the best."

"I think he was doing a good job," Mayor Lambert says.

Gobble recently came under fire when he hired a 19-year-old to be the city's communications manager.

Several city leaders disagreed with the move, saying he was hired because he's a friend of Gobble's, not because he was the most qualified.

In the meantime, Eddie Phillips will serve as the interim manager until the city picks one.

This is the sixth time he's filled the role.

"They all have the city's best interest at heart," Phillips says. "They will come together and they'll decide what direction they want to go in and what they want to do."

"We've seen our city attorney let go, now our city manager," Lambert says. "And frankly, my fear is that's not the end."

Other council members declined to comment about Gobble's resignation.

The council will meet at 6:00 p.m. Monday, to discuss the process of selecting an interim city manager, as well as further define the job position and requirements.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.

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