AKRON– On Monday, Interim Akron Mayor Garry Moneypenny announced his resignation after admitting to inappropriately touching a city employee.
Here is the mayor’s entire statement:
“Upon reflection, I believe that staying on as interim Mayor is not in the best interests of the citizens of Akron. I believe under the circumstances I would not be able to operate effectively and move the City forward during the next seven months. Therefore, I am resigning from the office of Mayor effective Midnight, Wednesday, June 10, 2015.”
On Friday, Moneypenny admitted to the incident. He said it happened in his council chambers during the week of May 24. The woman was wishing him luck as he transitioned from city council president to mayor.
He said on Friday, “In the emotion of the moment, I turned a good-bye hug into a too-personal encounter. I have known this employee for over 14 years. We have always had a very professional relationship. And I clearly violated a professional and personal boundary.”
Moneypenny apologized to the victim, his wife of 25 years and the members of his cabinet.
*Watch the video below from Moneypenny’s Friday press conference*