Star Valley Mayor Bill Rappaport on Thursday resigned his position on the council, stung by the criticism of fellow council members concerning his support for background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows.
"There has been so much misinformation going around. I just don't want to subject myself to this. My wife and I, we don't need this," he told the Roundup. "Two of the council members have been trying to remove me for a number of years."
The council will now have to elect a new mayor and appoint a new council member to fill Rappaport's term, which ends in the fall of 2014.
For complete details on what led to Rappaport's resignation see Friday's Roundup.
Rappaport had written a letter to Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urging them to support background checks for people who buy weapons at gun shows. He said that without his permission, a Web site operated by a gun control group launched by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had also listed him as a member.
"I've been an NRA member for 26 years," said Rappaport. This was not about the Second Amendment. This was just about closing the gap at gun shows — that's the only thing I supported."
However, Star Valley Councilor Paty Henderson had sharply criticized Rappaport for writing a letter on town stationery, saying "we elected a mayor, not a king."
Rappaport played a leading role in the original incorporation of Star Valley and in the establishment of photo radar that has not only bolstered town finances, but dramatically reduced speeding and accidents on the highway going through town. More recently, he pushed for the friendly resolution of Star Valley's once bitter relationship with neighboring Payson.