Friday, February 22, 2013

Star-News: Cascade Mayor Who Resigned Now Says 'I'm Undecided'

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Will he or won't he?

If he's a man of his word—and some citizens in the Valley County city of Cascade aren't thrilled with some of the words that he's used in the past—this will be the final day in office for Cascade Mayor Dick Carter.

Conceding that his "town has long been divided" over his leadership, and following accusations of using sexual and racial slurs on numerous occasions, Carter addressed a letter "to the citizens of Cascade" that he would resign effective today, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.

Carter said he was hurt to see his Valley County community "so divided over the issues which have recently come to light."

"I never intended to hurt or harass anyone with words or actions," wrote Carter. "I apologize to anyone whom I may have insulted. The town has long been divided over my leadership and I truly hope Cascade re-emerges from this as a stronger and more cohesive community."

Carter also wrote that he thought "it is in everyone's best interests for me to resign from the Board of Directors position I currently hold with the Friends of Kelly's Whitewater Park."

But this morning's McCall Star-News reports that Carter was "reconsidering his announcement."

"I'm undecided," Carter told the Star-News. "I guess until 4:50 on Friday ... "

Carter said he may opt, instead, to face a recall.

"People started calling me, I thought, ‘I may just pull this out and say, You guys want to go for a recall. I’ll make you work for it. Go after it,’” Carter told the Star-News.

Carter survived a previous recall, in 2009.

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