Embattled Justice of the Peace Delton Wright has resigned his seat on the Jefferson County Quorum Court.
In a two-paragraph letter addressed to the Quorum Court, Wright, who represented District 3, said he was a qualified resident and elector of District 3 when he was reelected in 2018. He said that due to the sale of his property, he has now moved into District 4 and it was his intention to run for that seat, which is currently held by former Jefferson County Clerk Patricia Johnson.
“I was not aware that move precluded me from completing my term,” Wright said in the letter. The resignation was effective Monday.
Last week, County Judge Gerald Robinson asked Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter to determine Wright’s actual place of residence after a fire at a house where Wright said he lived but which was not in District 3.
Robinson said in a letter to Hunter than questions about Wright’s residency have come up several times since he (Robinson) took office Jan. 1.
The fire at 19 W. Southern Pines Drive was reported on Sept. 10 and Wright contacted MECA (Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association) to report it.
Robinson also cited a political practices pledge form Wright filed out for the 2018 election which showed he lived at 1801 S. Linden, Apt. 8. That form is submitted to the Jefferson County Clerk under oath.
Records at the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office showed that Wright apparently bought the property on Western Southern Pines in 2005 and sold the property on Linden Street in 2018. His personal assessment for 2019 lists the address on w. Southern Pines Drive.
The Jefferson County Quorum Court will now be asked to accept the resignation and declare District 3 vacant. That declaration will be sent to the Governor who will appoint a successor to Wright, who will serve out the remainder of the term which expires Dec. 31, 2020. The person appointed to fill the position will be unable to run for it next year.