Councilman Ben Hueso said this morning that he, Councilman Tony Young, Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilwoman Donna Frye will be signing a memo calling for Southeastern Economic Development Corp. President Carolyn Y. Smith to resign.

“I’ve decided to sign a memo of the mayor, Donna Frye and Tony Young, asking for Carolyn Smith’s resignation and I think that’s going to happen in the next few days, maybe next week,” Hueso said in a voice mail.

Jimmie Slack, Young’s chief of staff, confirmed that he was in the process of drafting a memo that will be completed shortly.

“It will ask for her to resign and if not, for the board to take action,” Hueso said.

Pressure has been building on the agency, a nonprofit arm of the city’s Redevelopment Agency, since a story broke last week about a clandestine system of bonuses and extra compensation paid to Smith, Finance Director Dante Dayacap and other emloyees.

The mayor has since launched an investigation into SEDC. Frye and Councilman Jim Madaffer have already called for Smith to step down.


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