By Becky Ginos
KAYSVILLE—Newly sworn in mayor Katie Witt got off to a rocky start in her first city council meeting last night as a packed crowd became raucous, calling her a dictator and accusing the council of being unethical.
The council voted unanimously to pass a resolution censuring Council member Dave Adams and respectfully asking for his resignation in light of a recent investigation involving extortion allegations.
Witt excused Adams before the vote citing conflict of interest and Adams left the room. The council proceeded to take a vote with little discussion and did not allow any public comment before the decision was made.
People in the audience started shouting out and Witt had to use the gavel multiple times to quiet the crowd.
“Is it ethical of the council members to go behind another council member’s back?” asked one woman during a brief public comment period. “Are you a dictator? We didn’t get to weigh in on it.” The crowd erupted in applause for the woman.
Witt reprimanded her and reminded her that she could only comment on the agenda item being discussed – not the censure. She asked the resident to please sit down.
“There is no clapping allowed,” said Witt as she hammered the gavel again to try and bring order. “It makes it uncomfortable for people on the other side (of the issue).”
The censure is not a legal action and therefore could not force Adams out of office. In spite of the resolution passing, Adams said he would not resign. His term ends in 2020.