How exactly do you reject someone saying I quit. Other than military service how do you make a person work against their will.
These two groups - poverty pimps and their big brother enforcers - the MSM - wanted to tar and feather anyone who dared to stand for the rule of law rather than the rule of the mob. They were throwing their weight around and he knew they would punish his city. Being a good man - he offered his resignation to save the city.
The Sanford Commission also chose to do the honorable thing - they refused to accept his resignation. It was a vote of confidence. It was a vote for doing what's right rather than bending to political pressure.
The mob lost. The rule of law won. Hats off to the good people of Sanford... See - easy, right?