POMEROY — Closure.
That was the message being relayed by Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt and acting Mayor Jackie Welker on Monday as Pomeroy Village Council prepared to formally accept the resignation of Mary McAngus as mayor of Pomeroy.
Welker said that the village is looking to put this behind them and move forward.
He added that the village needs to put policies and procedures in place to ensure that something of this nature does not happen again.
Welker also expressed his full support and confidence for all village employees moving forward.
This sentiment was echoed by Proffitt with regard to Officer Kyle Calendine, the target of alleged discrimination in the Village, and the rest of those involved in the recent events.
A written statement by Proffitt on Monday afternoon read,
Officer Kyle Calendine has my confidence as an Officer and I will be honored to continue working with him. The Employees that were affected by this are happy of the outcome and we all look forward to putting this behind us and continue to protect and serve the Village of Pomeroy. We appreciate the community’s support in this matter and hope something like this never happens again.
“I think the mayor did the right thing with her resignation,” said Proffitt of the Mayor’s decision. “We can now move forward and focus on the job at hand.”
Proffitt also stated that he hope this will bring closure to all affected by the situation.
Patrolman Calendine, who had been the subject of the derogatory comments, said, that it was a big stress relief to hear of the resignation by McAngus.
Calendine said that he does plan to meet with an attorney before deciding what action to take next, but added that it is good to be back at work and not have to worry about the situation.
Calendine added that he does plan to pursue legal action against the former mayor related to recent events. As of Monday, Calendine stated that he had not spoken with the now former mayor, nor has he received any kind of correspondence from McAngus or a specific reason for her resignation.
Calls to McAngus were not returned on Monday.