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Davis gives reason for council resignation

By Staff | Apr 25, 2017

ARMSTRONG – Clinton Davis joined the Armstrong City Council as a write-in candidate. His term was up in 2019, but Davis resigned April 14.

Davis wrote the following as a letter to the Armstrong Journal, and shared it with the Estherville News to shed light on the situation in the eastern Emmet County town.

I am sorry to report that I have submitted my resignation as a member of the Armstrong City Council. Over time, many things have occurred to make this decision quite easy for me. I turned my letter into the city on Friday, April 14, 2017.

When I put my name in the hat to run for council as a write-in, I filled out the questions to the paper and wrote that I wanted to help the city succeed. I felt there were some changes that could have been made that would help the town. Previous mayor’s and council were on the right track so we didn’t need to change the whole plan, just help further the town. After almost a year and a half, the town is in the worst shape it has ever been in.

The disrespect that I have received from current employees and past employees, other council persons, and citizens has become overwhelming and immature. The fact that other councilmen cannot even second my motion to approve the agenda or adjourn a meeting proves that we as a council are not working together. And finally, the lack of professionalism is unbearable. I was asked twice by a new council member to meet at their house because it was more casual. I feel this is very unprofessional and I find it very disappointing.

I want to continue my career as a printer and in the newspaper business. I would rather spend my time continuing that, being with my family and friends, spending more time at the museum, helping with pop-cans, and volunteering for the ABC club and actually start helping the city.

I hope the council can get another member that would put more time into fixing this mess. This is not the town I grew up in or even the town I loved. I love the history of Armstrong but don’t like the future. I hope by volunteering and working at the paper I can make a difference in the town.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this town council and hopefully this all ends soon.

Please contact me with any concerns or questions. I am still here to help where I can. Thank you.

Also surfacing late last week, the Estherville News received a city document stating that while Kate Staton, Armstrong city clerk, was reinstated from administrative leave last week after a city council vote of 3-2, her return to work came with numerous conditions.

Chief among these guidelines is the mandate that Staton have no contact with mayor Greg Buum or police chief Craig Merrill. Staton is also not authorized to sign checks, but each check must be signed by council member Patty Thackery and Buum. Thackery has been assigned as Staton’s supervisor, and will be accompanying Staton to pick up mail, handle bank information, type all checks, back up computers, and communicate with the rest of the council.

Sources connected with the city, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also clarified that the Department of Criminal Investigation began investigating the city before financial irregularities in the city office came to light. DCI declined to state what activities led to the initial investigation, nor whom was under investigation. While it is the city of Armstrong under investigation, according to Iowa Code, a city cannot commit a crime; individuals can be charged with a crime.

The DCI again said Friday the case remains under investigation.