STUART, Fla. – The mayor of Stuart, Florida resigned her position Wednesday. Eula Clarke admittedly made unwise comments using the word “pig” in the presence of a police officer.
LET reported the former mayor walked into a convenient store and said, “I didn’t know we were serving pig tonight,” in the presence of one of their officers.
“The poor guy walked out hurt, really hurt,” said John Kazanjian, president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association. “That’s coming from the mayor of your city.”
“How does a community leader, a public servant do that to one of our officers,” said Kazanjian. “It’s just a slap in the face.”
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“No City of Stuart employee should be subjected to verbal harassment or demeaning comments by one of the City’s elected officials,” the complaint stated.
“We’re outraged,” Kazanjian said. “We don’t need someone like that as a public servant.”
“Unfortunately, I made a mistake. We all make mistakes and I am truly and humbly sorry,” Clarke said in a prepared statement before announcing her resignation as mayor, stepping down to serve only as a city commissioner, reported WPTV.
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The City Commission voted 4-1 – with Clarke voting no – on Wednesday to hire a Miami-based firm to investigate the allegations levied against her, reported TCPALM.
The commission took comments from the public for more than 2½ hours. More than 50 people spoke, and at times, many of those packed into Commission Chambers shouted down or mocked those insisting the city investigate Clarke.
Still, the uproar hardly ends with Wednesday’s decision to investigate whether Clarke violated city rules. Sadly, it has exposed a rift between Stuart’s black community and some city commissioners and police supporters.