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.