Ohio Mayor Resigns After Bigoted Slurs

The mayor of a small Ohio town called Pomeroy resigned after the police chief went public over her mistreatment of a gay police officer and his partner. She apparently aimed bigoted slurs at the officer and refused to let his partner visit the station.

Pomeroy Mayor Mary McAngus hand-delivered a resignation letter to a village council member today, said Council President Jackie Welker.

The letter was only a few sentences. McAngus did not acknowledge that she had treated Police Officer Kyle Calendine poorly. She wrote that “due to circumstances,” she was resigning and that it had been a pleasure to serve as mayor the past 14 months.

She was accused of calling Calendine a queer and using other slurs. Others said she didn’t want Calendine’s partner stopping by the police department, though family members of other officers routinely drop by with lunch or before or after a shift.

Calendine, who was hired as a part-time officer in this Ohio River community in September, said he was disappointed in how he has been treated. He was on duty today when he got word that McAngus had resigned.

The resignation pleases him, although he wishes the mayor had also apologized, he said…

Proffitt said that Calendine is a terrific and dedicated police officer, one who didn’t deserve this kind of treatment.

“Kyle Calendine would lay down his life for anyone in need,” said Proffitt, who has been police chief since 2000 in Pomeroy, about 100 miles southeast of Columbus. “This is a win for Kyle, for our department and for the gay community. It lets people know that no matter what, we’re all in this together.”

Three cheers for the police chief for standing up for his officer.

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  • garnetstar

    I wonder what the mayor thought would happen if the partner visited during lunch? Public demonic sex acts that would call down God’s wrath?

    Actually, that probably is what she thought.

    But, wonderful news about the police chief, things are really progressing.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Wait, the police supported another cop for a GOOD reason? This IS news.

  • Crip Dyke, MQ, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I am tearing up. It’s so rare to see someone with power – and therefore something to lose – stand up to someone with actual power to threaten their livelihood. And this chief didn’t use “we’re all in this together” to weasel out of saying the word, “gay” or otherwise dodge the issue on the table. The approach the chief took made it really seem that in this small part of Ohio, the police and the citizens are all in this together.

    That’s one kind of thing of which we need *plenty* more.

  • http://nigelthebold.com/ nigelTheBold, also Avo

    CD, MQ:

    Me too. I am completely choked up over this, like the good part of the world is lodged sideways in my throat.

    It’s sad that something like this, something that should be an everyday thing (the demonstration of compassion, not the resigning over lack thereof), something that should be a given, should evoke strong emotions. It’s something we should take for granted.

    And I’m choked up over it all.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Did McAngus console herself after resigning with a nice afternoon down the road at the Creation “Museum”?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Good for Chief Proffitt!

  • kestrel

    A great story. Maybe the wave of the future? I hope so…

  • hexidecima

    Kudos to the police chief and a hearty raspberry for TrueChristian(tm) and gutless twit Mary McAngus.

  • The Lorax

    All things aside, Calendine is a really awesome last name, isn’t it? Calendine. It’s like, some sort of Victorian noble meets 24th century inter-galactic hero. *whispers* Calendine…

  • Michael Heath

    Crip Dyke speaks for me, I especially liked the part I emphasize here:

    I am tearing up. It’s so rare to see someone with power – and therefore something to lose – stand up to someone with actual power to threaten their livelihood. And this chief didn’t use “we’re all in this together” to weasel out of saying the word, “gay” or otherwise dodge the issue on the table. The approach the chief took made it really seem that in this small part of Ohio, the police and the citizens are all in this together.

  • Ichthyic

    Proffitt for Mayor

    =

    profit!

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — feeling so very small

    *big fucking grin*

    Now this is police conduct I want to hear about!

  • beardymcviking

    Gah! I seem to have lost my account or something? Had to make a new username?

    Don’t care, had to say how much I love what this police chief said and did. Totally made my day :-D


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