The mayor of a Missouri township resigned from office on Monday after just one year, and was ready to remove his family from the state in a matter of days due to persistent social media threats, he wrote.
Fred Wiedner, now former Mayor of Lexington, Mo., said in his resignation letter that "the recent hatred, attacks and direct lies that are hurling some of this community's citizens on Facebook in my direction are absolutely disgusting. " 19659003] NORTH CAROLINA MAN IN MURDER WITH MISSOURI OFFICER SHOT REPLYED: POLICE
"I have not signed up for this mess. Or maybe I did it and just did not know how mean people can be, "Wiedner said in the letter, which was published by the mayor's office. "In any case, it's not worth the battle anymore."
A Lexington town clerk said the news of the hate against Wiedner began in March after the mayor had decided to dismiss a popular administrator. The man was accused of having promoted an electoral measure while still on the payroll of the city government – an obvious reason for the dismissal. An Ethics Commission in Missouri later found, according to KCTV broadcasters in Kansas City, no evidence to substantiate the allegations.
Wiedner indirectly addressed the administrator's problem in his letter and said he had waited four weeks before releasing him if he could do it again, but he nevertheless made every decision in the "best interest of the city Lexington ". According to the latest census reports, the nearby city has around 5,000 inhabitants.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP
The former mayor said he had taken a job in another state and set up his home the market and will move his family out of the city and state as soon as possible. Scott Lynn, a former city councilor, will take over the mayor's office until the city voted on a new mayor in November.