Aurora mayor resigns suddenly
After less than a year as mayor of the city of Aurora, Kris Taylor Sallee resigned her position.
"Due to the escalating lack of communication and cooperation with the City Council and City Staff, I do hereby resign my position as Mayor of Aurora effective immediately," she said in a resignation statement.
The city held a four-minute emergency meeting on Sept. 12, when they accepted the resignation unanimously and began to prepare to declare and advertise the open mayor's position.
The selection of a new mayor will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the regular council meeting.
The emergency meeting was so swift that Council President Tom Heitmanek was unavailable in person and was connected to the meeting via a phone.
Only a few residents came to the meeting and no one contested the resignation or the declaration of the mayor's open position, said Jorgensen.
Apparently there was some discord amongst Sallee and the city's staff. In a three-page letter to the staff, Jorgensen said he'd begun to file a formal complaint against the mayor with the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry. One of his complaints concerns Sallee's communications with him during his paternity leave.
The letter also brought up incidents with other staff members and Jorgensen's position that he took orders from the council and not just the mayor.
According to the Aurora website, Jorgensen is responsible for records, risk, court and is secretary to the City Council and Planning Commission as well as the city elections officer and information link for citizens, the business community and elected and appointed officials of Aurora.
Mary Lambert, finance officer, also sent a letter to the city council stating that Sallee as mayor "feels she can unilaterally make demands of and reprimand staff. I do not believe she has the authority to do that."
Lambert added that she felt it created a slightly hostile and uncomfortable atmosphere and resulted in one member of the staff leaving. She manages finances and budgetary issues for the city along with payroll, audits and invoices.
Several calls to Sallee were not returned.
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