Gladstone's Matt Tracy walks out of meeting saying 'I'm done'
Gladstone Councilor Matt Tracy announced his resignation two weeks after the release of a leak investigation report into who may have obtained some of the public records associated with the city's administrator's complaint against him, then he decided not to follow through with a promised resignation letter.
Tracy has continued to deny Mayor Tammy Stempel's assertion about his pattern of bullying behavior that allegedly continued in his confrontation with the city administrator the previous summer.
Before walking out of the Dec. 14 meeting, Tracy said, "I offer my resignation tonight. I'm done. I'm not going to do this anymore. I will no longer listen to people try to write my history or character assassinate me. We're done. I will be serving a letter tomorrow morning. The city will receive all of the city property that I have in my possession by tomorrow close of business. I'm finished."
City officials confirmed that Tracy had not submitted a resignation letter or turned in his city laptop this week. It's unclear whether his public statements would qualify as an official resignation since the city code is vague.
Other than saying a resignation creates a vacancy, the code does not specify what a councilor needs to do in order to resign. Former Councilor Linda Neace kept her seat until the end of her term in 2020 after announcing her intention to resign, also saying "I'm done." While her statements were made in phone texts, Tracy's statements came during a recorded official public meeting, so it's unclear whether Tracy's "I'm done" would carry more weight as an official resignation.
Tracy said on Dec. 17 that he is still "weighing options" as he speaks with constituents.
"I'm not sure that my resignation is the right thing for the city," he said.
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