Ohio Mayor Resigns After Questioning Presence of a 'Queer' Officer on the Police Force

Pomeroy, Ohio Mayor Mary McAngus resigned today after complaints that she had questioned the Police Chief about the existence of a "queer" officer on the force and saying she didn't want his partner stopping by the police station.

McangusThe Columbus Dispatch reports:

[Police Chief] Proffitt last month submitted to the village council an information packet that included his six-page sworn statement. He warned the council that the mayor’s behavior could get the village of 2,000 residents sued.

Proffitt wrote that McAngus called him into her office about two weeks after Calendine was hired. She said she heard “that Kyle was a queer” and asked what the chief was going to do about it. Nothing, he replied, because that would be discrimination.

“She stated ‘I don’t like a Queer working for the Village, I might be old-fashioned, but I don’t like it.’  ” Proffitt wrote in the statement.

The mayor persisted in making crude comments about the officer and his partner to police department employees, Proffitt said. She asked a newly hired officer if he knew that Calendine was gay and whether that bothered him.When the officer said no, she asked him if he, too, was gay, and smiled and stared at him until the uncomfortable officer said he had to get back to work, Proffitt said.

McAngus showed no remorse for her behavior in her resignation, saying that it was "due to circumstances."

(image via pomeroy daily sentinel)

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  1. She resigned due to "circumstances?" The only relevant circumstance is that she is an ignorant bigot who's out of step with contemporary values. Kudos to the police force for standing up to her.

    Posted by: SC David | Feb 10, 2013 12:09:19 AM

  2. Sorry, Andrew, but "old" is the problem when it comes to sexual orientation bigotry. Every poll shows the younger (and more educated) one is, the more that person supports equality. One solution to speed the march towards equality is to cull the older generations from the herd. The sooner, the better.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Feb 10, 2013 12:13:52 AM

  3. @PDX GUY

    I'm not ready to be culled. Your logic would have applied the Final Solution to African-Americans, since they created the margin of victory for Prop 8.

    It may be true that time is on our side, but it ill behooves us to rush it.

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 10, 2013 12:28:16 AM

  4. PDX you're WRONG. Lots of OLD Gay folk in Washington State voted for equality while lots of YOUNG bigots in Oregon voted to deny equality. Young people are just as bigoted as Old people. Oregon speaks to that.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Feb 10, 2013 12:50:43 AM

  5. @PDX GUY: You are not "sorry": " cull the older generations from the herd" You are: PURE EVIL!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 10, 2013 12:53:04 AM

  6. I'm sure she considers herself a good "christian."

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 10, 2013 12:55:46 AM

  7. @PDX GUY: You are like Pol Pot who had his followers kill off the upper classes and educated classes of Cambodia in order to bring about his version of the pure communist agrarian state.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 10, 2013 12:56:45 AM

  8. You can't fight uglay with uglay, people.

    Haven't you learned anything ?

    Posted by: JustTodd | Feb 10, 2013 1:32:26 AM

  9. We have so many friends who are "old"; I have to wonder what kind of person hates what it is inevitable that you'll become, if you don't ascribe to a now near extinct death-culture of self destruction and suicide...

    It's good that we're evolving as a community, let's keep it up.

    Posted by: BuckieSays | Feb 10, 2013 1:36:19 AM

  10. what andrew said

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 10, 2013 2:39:29 AM

  11. I am originally from Pomeroy, but I escaped Meigs County to go to college. My parents and sister still live there. Having endured a miserable childhood/teenage years there, I am shocked--but greatly encouraged--that the gay police officer was so strongly supported by his superior. Still, I worry about how the officer will be treated by the community at large going forward, but for now I will celebrate this victory.

    Posted by: ET | Feb 10, 2013 3:26:41 AM

  12. @PDX Guy - how so you plan on not getting old?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 10, 2013 4:07:17 AM

  13. Actually Rich, that CNN exit poll data has long been disproved. But it was useful for NOM to use.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Feb 10, 2013 4:35:37 AM

  14. Very encouraging - twenty years ago she would not have been called out about it at all.

    Very encouraging to see that her attitude was immediately seen as abnormal. Wonder how many divorces she has in her family?

    Glacial change I know, but slow and steady.

    Posted by: Coemgenus | Feb 10, 2013 5:57:11 AM

  15. good luck to her next time she gets her hair done...

    Posted by: V-8 | Feb 10, 2013 6:41:20 AM

  16. This is gay America's future. Progress!

    Posted by: candideinnc | Feb 10, 2013 7:27:51 AM

  17. Andrew--Don't worry about the young people and their ageism. Time has a way of curing that.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Feb 10, 2013 7:31:20 AM

  18. This old hag is a perfect example of why ENDA must be passed now!!

    Posted by: Reality | Feb 10, 2013 7:49:29 AM

  19. The most impressive thing about this story to me is the police chief. Not only did he hire a gay man but he then went to great lengths to support the officer, potentially risking his own career in the process. What a true ally for our community!

    Posted by: Aaron | Feb 10, 2013 8:10:52 AM

  20. It's obvious that the Police Chief was a professional and would not kowtow to the Mayor who seemed to forget it was the 21st Century. I don't mind if she lives another 25 years, because she is a reminder of the past bigotry that so many American small towns still have. The ones where the children when they graduate high school only to leave their hometowns because of idiots like the former Mayor.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Feb 10, 2013 8:37:01 AM

  21. Poor Mary. Probably thought she was preaching to the "Amen!" corner and got busted. She is one of dozens of reasons why I don't live in Ohio any more. Pretty wretched place, overrun with evangelicals.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 10, 2013 9:32:04 AM

  22. Betty, Betty, Betty - Discrimination against people because you "just don't like them" is perfectly legal everywhere. Specifc groups sometimes have discrimination protections and those people may have some protection.

    Posted by: Markt | Feb 10, 2013 9:44:22 AM

  23. Is "due to circumstances" another way of saying she "mis-spoke"?

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 10, 2013 9:51:24 AM

  24. If the x-mayor still needs a job, Chik-fil-a needs a cashier.

    Posted by: rexguy | Feb 10, 2013 10:10:37 AM

  25. I think it's time grandma had a psychological evaluation

    Posted by: Will | Feb 10, 2013 10:11:10 AM

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