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Ferguson resigns as Oakland mayor amid controversy

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OAKLAND, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The city of Oakland has a new mayor. 

Vice Mayor Chris Goodman was sworn in to take over the office of mayor after Scott Ferguson stepped down on Monday. Ferguson blamed personal problems.

His departure happens at the same time the state just launched an audit of Oakland's finances.

City officials officially accepted Ferguson's resignation Wednesday and also swore in Goodman.

Citizens kept filing in for the meeting, which took place at city hall.  Some said this was a very tangled web and that they were happy of the change in leadership.

Ferguson told aldermen he was stepping down because he had been unfaithful to his wife.

However some of the Oakland residents at the meeting feel questions over the city's finances could have also played a role in Ferguson's decision.

Mayor Goodman told FOX13 News that he and other city leaders are hoping to get the books straightened out, so they can move on.

There were allegations and concerns by citizens of irregular spending in November and December.  As a result of a report filed with the Tennessee State Comptroller's office, auditors came in to start looking at those allegations and tell if they're accurate or not.

The state audit is just beginning. Goodman says they have no timetable for when the audit could be finished.

Mayor Goodman says Ferguson's resignation took everyone by surprise and that they want to make sure the any questions concerning money are cleared up.

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