Resignations Over Parking Spot
Now former mayor Jerry Parmeley confirmed the three, including Police Chief Larry Dudgeon and alderman Jessica Orsini, resigned over a citizen complaint involving a parking spot.
Parmeley says a citizen filed a complaint against Dudgeon for parking his own, personal car in a police department parking space which is a Centralia parking violation.
The resignations fall on Centralia's 150th anniversary and Anchorfest weekend.
"The whole thing is pretty silly when you think about it in the larger term," alderman Jason Ridgel said.
Ridgel says Friday's resignations are hard to believe. He and others say an investigation of now former police chief Dudgeon's parking habits is absurd.
"That's a frustration because we feel like Larry Dudgeon would have been a huge asset to the community and the police department as a whole and moving us forward with our vision," Ridgel said.
Across town, now former mayor Parmeley somewhat agrees. He says there are no hard feelings against the city's aldermen, but says he has had enough.
"I got the impression there was no confidence there and since the past tension and this tension this week it was just better for me to walk away since there was a disagreement in how the personnel code should have been followed," Parmeley said.
Ridgel backs that up. He says all of this occurred as a result of poor judgment.
"You can't hide behind a code book because not everything is black and white and sometimes you have to look at the gray areas and that's unfortunately the problem in this situation," Ridgel said.
Residents told KOMU that no one has been able to contact Dudgeon. Some city officials think Dudgeon wants out, saying he's hurt that the city came after him just two weeks after he was sworn into office.