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Former Aurora Mayor Kris Taylor Sallee addresses citzens about Sept. 11 resignation

To the citizens of Aurora,

No one was more disappointed at my resignation than I was. However, since being installed as the duly elected Mayor over the last nine months, an escalating, untenable atmosphere developed.

There is a perception that my resignation was in response to a legal complaint filed against me by an employee of the city of Aurora. This is absolutely false. On the contrary, I strongly encourage the city recorder to pursue that complaint with vigilance to the end of its entire process.

In totality, there was no hostile work environment established. What there was was an escalating hostile work force, and hostile and vindictive council. This made it increasingly impossible to fulfill the requirements that the electorate required of me.

I have no misgivings with regard to my actions as Mayor or City Manager. If I have any concerns at all it is with the fact that this council selectively ignores the rules and procedures that are firmly established by the city charter, council procedures, and especially the employee handbook. This council has intentionally taken efforts to deconstruct the role and position of the Mayor in the City of Aurora.

My greatest concern, if I have one, is that they have abandoned the prime directive of electoral representation. That is, "you serve at the pleasure of the citizens of Aurora". This council believes they are not accountable for their actions or agenda to the citizens. This was the greatest stumbling block between myself and the council, and my ability to conduct the business of the city on behalf of the citizens. All there is left for me to say is I wish the citizens of Aurora all the best.

Kris Taylor Sallee,

Aurora


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