Star-News: Cascade Council Accepts Mayor's Resignation After He Walks Out of Meeting

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The Cascade City Council formally accepted Mayor Dick Carter's letter of resignation Feb. 22, but not without a bit more melodrama from hizzoner.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that the Feb. 22 meeting began with Carter reading off a list of his accomplishments during his six-year reign as Cascade mayor and then walked out of the meeting. Carter told the Star-News later that he had no desire to listen to negative comments from his critics.

Shortly thereafter, the Cascade Council accepted the resignation, to be effective Friday, March 8, and decided to appoint a mayor to replace Carter, but did not schedule that event. The appointee would also be required to run for election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the city's general election.

The Star-News first broke the story of Cascade citizens calling for Carter's ouster, forwarding 11 letters which alleged Carter made vulgar sexual and racial statements in public.

The letters, which were read at a Feb. 11 council meeting, detailed an incident in which two women said they felt "verbally raped" by sexual comments, another incident in which a citizen said Carter made a racial slur about President Barack Obama, and still another incident in which a council member said Carter regularly made religious slurs.

Carter denied making any of the statements, but in his resignation letter, he wrote that he "never intended to hurt or harass anyone with words or actions."

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