By Leah Williams
A Nashville alderman has tendered his resignation, according to an announcement made at the city council meeting on Thursday, June 18.
Greg Hopfinger stepped down from office at 11:16 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Raymond Kolweier said during the meeting. A reason for the resignation was not mentioned.
Hopfinger was sworn into office last May after running unopposed for one of two open seats on the council. A former police officer at the Nashville Police Department, he had sued the city and Police Chief Brian Fletcher in 2018, citing wrongful termination.
According to online court records, the suit had been nearing settlement in December. The documents also state that the parties had not been able to finalize the settlement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chief Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel wrote on June 1 that a request for an additional 60 days to finalize matters was granted, and the parties are given until Aug. 1 to “consummate the settlement.” After that date, the clerk of court is “directed to enter judgment of dismissal with prejudice,” according to the online records, or the parties may also move to postpone entry of judgment to a later date.
Hopfinger could not be reached for comment.
Kolweier said that anyone interested in possibly serving on the council should contact him for further information.