Updated Mon, Feb 11, 2013 7:02 am
The mayor of Pomeroy has resigned over accusations that she made derogatory comments about a gay police officer.
Jackie Welker, council president in the Village of Pomeroy, told The Associated Press that Mayor Mary McAngus submitted a letter of resignation on Saturday.
McAngus did not immediately return a call to her home for comment.
The 78-year-old's resignation comes on the heels of Pomeroy police Chief Mark Proffitt's warning to the council this week that McAngus' alleged comments could open the village to a civil-rights lawsuit.
Proffitt told the council that McAngus has repeatedly referred to Officer Kyle Calendine as "queer" in front of other officers and dispatchers.
Proffitt told the AP on Friday that he supports gay rights and that McAgnus created a hostile work environment.