The mayor of the tiny 2,000-resident village of Pomeroy, Ohio has resigned after allegations that she repeatedly harassed a gay police officer. According to Police Chief Mark Proffitt, Mayor Mary McAngus regularly referred to Officer Kyle Calendine as “a queer” and objected to his partner visiting him at the police station:
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.
In her short resignation letter, McAngus did not apologize or even acknowledge the accusations aside from saying she was quitting “due to circumstances.” It’s encouraging that Calendine’s supervisors recognized that his sexual orientation does not disqualify him from the job. In fact, it seems all of Pomeroy opposed McAngus’s remarks; before she announced her resignation Village Council President Jackie Welker defended Calendine, saying, “We as a village certainly don’t agree with any discrimination.”