Gladstone Councilor Matt Tracy has written a Dec. 31 email to rescind his "verbal resignation" delivered to City Council on Dec. 14 before he walked out of the meeting.
"Shortly after making my statement, I was contacted by individuals in our community who were concerned about a lack of representation and leadership that may be a result of my departure from the Gladstone City Council," Tracy wrote. "Since I don't serve at the pleasure of the Council — rather I serve those individuals who elected me — I will listen to my constituents, retain my seat and finish my term, which will expire at the end of 2022."
Tracy's public declaration of his resignation came soon after an investigator found no definitive evidence that anyone in particular leaked public records associated with the city administrator's complaint against Tracy. On Nov. 30, Gladstone city councilors voted unanimously to release the leak investigation to the public.
Tracy has previously been cast as a bully for allegedly pressuring the city administrator last summer about hiring a consultant. But he wrote in his latest email that he actually is the victim of bullying, which was a factor in his decision to declare his resignation. He sees himself as potentially "embroiled in a national phenomenon" in which extremist groups are now targeting local elected officials.
"Recently, there have been a spate of attacks on local community members serving on commissions, councils and school boards across our country," Tracy wrote. "Make no mistake, this is a coordinated effort to bully community members in an attempt to keep themÂ from serving their community."
Tracy concluded his Dec. 31 email by refusing to bow to efforts to force a single worldview on community leadership, thereby limiting representation for community members.
"With this additional knowledge, I will not stand down and allow this to happen in our community," he wrote.
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