Missouri mayor resigns before hearing regarding racial slur

October 22, 2021 GMT

BATES CITY, Mo. (AP) — A small town Missouri mayor has resigned ahead of a scheduled impeachment hearing called after the mayor was allegedly recorded uttering a racial slur.

Shawn Fox offered his resignation Monday to the Bates City Board of Aldermen, ahead of an impeachment hearing scheduled Wednesday, television station WDAF reported. Instead of the hearing, the board accepted Fox’s resignation on Wednesday.

Mayor Pro-Tem Roy Trussell said Fox’s resignation came after the city had concluded its investigation, which included a leaked recording of someone believed to be Fox uttering a racial slur, as well as allegations of sexual harassment.

It was unclear when or where the recording was made or who had leaked it.

Fox’s resignation was the latest in a recent exodus of city government officials amid mounting allegations of a hostile work environment. Alderman Donnie Hammond resigned Tuesday, and the city’s collector and a court clerk both recently stepped down.

Bates City is a town of nearly 220 that lies about 28 miles east of Kansas City.