Hailey Mayor Al
New mayor to be
appointed Nov. 18
Express Staff Writer
Mayor Al Lindley abruptly resigned from his elected post Friday after
being informed by a member of the Hailey City Council that all four
council members had expressed a vote of no confidence.
In a Nov.
8 letter addressed to the Hailey City Council, Lindley wrote: "I
was informed today, by (Councilman) Rick Davis, that a vote of no
confidence has been given by the Hailey City Council. As I had informed
the council, if anyone had a problem working with me I would resign.
Please take this letter as notice of my resignation. I am very sorry we
could not work out a working relationship."
City Council President Susan McBryant is currently acting as mayor of
Tuesday afternoon said she could not comment on any matters pertaining
to the mayor’s resignation.
Davis Tuesday confirmed that last week he individually conducted a poll
of each council member by telephone to determine if—for reasons still
unclear—they might have lost confidence in the mayor. "I called
each council person individually and asked them if they had lost
confidence in the mayor’s ability, and everyone said they had,"
said he then informed Lindley Friday that all members of the council had
all voiced doubt about his ability to serve as the city’s
senior-ranking elected official.
declined to comment on why he personally had lost confidence in the
mayor and decided to conduct the informal poll.
member Martha Burke, who left Hailey Saturday for a week-long trip out
of state, said Monday that she had not received Lindley’s letter of
resignation prior to her departure, and therefore could not comment.
Lindley elaborated on his personal reasons for resigning from the
mayoral position Tuesday afternoon—after being out of public view and
contact all day Monday.
released a letter Tuesday stating that he had voluntarily chosen to step
down from office because of circumstances surrounding two grievances
filed by two different city employees against him for alleged
"verbal sexual harassment."
presented with one of the grievances, I admitted to most but not all of
the charges," he wrote. "I still have not been given the
courtesy of reviewing the second grievance. As I understand it they both
mostly relate to my using the term ‘sweetie’ when addressing the
individuals. Yes, I do use that term, and did at various times to the
individuals, but no it is not made in any references to sexual
said in the letter he agreed—with certain conditions attached—that
the grievances would be handled according to a confidential procedure
outlined in city policy.
alleged in the letter that McBryant and the two employees who filed the
grievances ultimately violated the confidential terms of the agreement
by talking about the matter with other individuals in Hailey City Hall.
a positive working relationship with the individuals and council could
never occur. I therefore resigned as I wanted to work on positives and
not dwell on negatives," he concluded in his statement.
releasing the letter, Lindley said he believed his rights had been
violated, and stated that he believes he did not exhibit any behavior
that legally qualifies as sexual harassment.
don’t want to work with people who are against me," he said.
Lindley’s statements Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the issuance
of any grievances by city employees was the foundation for a vote of no
confidence by all members of the council. After Lindley released the
written statement, McBryant and Davis both said they could not comment
on whether the two matters were directly related, or on what their
reasons were for casting a vote of no confidence.
exit from the mayor’s office Friday, Lindley had served only 10 months
of a four-year term. He was sworn into office by former Mayor Brad
Siemer last January, after running unopposed in the November 2001
City Council members are scheduled to appoint a new full-time mayor at
their regular meeting next Monday at 6 p.m. in the Hailey Town Center.
said Tuesday she—as acting mayor—planned to leave the item on the
agenda and ensure that it is addressed.
think the council members would like to do it as soon as possible,"
city attorney Ned Williamson explained that McBryant will preside over
the meeting, and will have the opportunity to lead a discussion and vote
among the panel members on who should be the next mayor. Council members
could pick one of themselves or a member of the public, he said.
appointee will legally serve as mayor until the next general election in
November 2003, Williamson said.
a council member is appointed, then the new mayor would nominate a new
council member to be approved by the council," he added.