Citizens Group Calls For Mayor’S Resignation

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A new, informal organization of concerned residents is calling for the resignation of Ken Murphy as Payson mayor.

The Citizens for Better Payson Government is advertising for the mayor to resign.

One of the organizers, Gordon Metcalf, said a resignation would be far less divisive to the town than a recall campaign, “and Murphy knows that.”

The call for the resignation is in response to long-standing concerns, plus recent reports of Murphy’s run-ins with local law enforcement officers related to a recent domestic disturbance and a confrontation with the fire marshal during Rodeo weekend in August.

Metcalf is among the residents who also have collected information from town hall on the recall process. No formal recall action can be taken until Dec. 9, six months after the date Murphy and the other new councilors were sworn into office.

Murphy is on record saying he will not resign from office. He said he will address the charges against him, but also made a public promise to make changes in his personal life. He made the statements at the Nov. 14 meeting of the town council.

At that meeting, another member of the Citizens for Better Payson Government, Sharon Jackson, asked Murphy to resign, telling him if he did not, he would surely face a recall election.

Don Crowley is co-chairing the movement with Metcalf and Jackson.

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