A Republican mayor in western Kansas introduced in a letter to metropolis officers and on social media Tuesday that she is resigning, efficient instantly, due to threats she has acquired after she publicly supported a mask mandate.
Mayor Joyce Warshaw of Dodge Metropolis mentioned she was involved about her security after being met with aggression, together with threats by way of telephone and e mail, after she was quoted in a USA Right now article on Friday supporting the mandate, The Dodge Metropolis Globe reported. Town fee voted 4-1 on Nov. 16 to impose a masks mandate, with a number of exceptions.
However Warshaw instructed NBC Information on Tuesday that “threats, accusations and actions” towards her and her household from these locally pressured her to step down.
“[It was a] very very powerful, troublesome choice to make as a result of I’ve no regrets about any of my actions or selections I made as mayor however I believe it’s finest to maneuver on,” Warshaw mentioned. “Notably my husband mentioned ‘you’re completed, you’re completed.’ Perhaps the town can simply transfer on.”
Town fee mentioned in a press release Tuesday that Warshaw tendered her resignation in a letter within the morning.
“Life has dealt out many challenges in our world which have maybe precipitated many individuals to behave inappropriately however I don’t really feel protected on this place anymore and am hopeful in eradicating myself this anger, accusations and abuse is not going to fall on anybody else and can settle down,” she mentioned within the letter.
Ford County, the place Dodge Metropolis is situated, has recorded 4,914 instances of Covid-19 since the pandemic began, in response to the state well being division. The county has about 33,600 residents.
Warshaw mentioned regardless of the threats, she doesn’t remorse voting in favor of the masks mandate and nonetheless loves the town.
“[I] nonetheless love Dodge Metropolis with all of my coronary heart and imagine in it,” she mentioned.
Among the threatening emails have been turned over to police. Particular particulars of the threats weren’t offered.
Dodge Metropolis Police Chief Drew Francis mentioned the division is trying into the communications to find out its response.