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Lexington mayor resigns over 'absolutely disgusting' social media attacks

Lexington Mayor Fred Wiedner
Posted at 11:46 AM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 12:52:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The mayor of Lexington, Missouri, on Tuesday submitted his resignation, citing “absolutely disgusting” attacks made toward him on social media.

“The recent hatred, attacks and outright lies that have been hurled my direction on Facebook by some citizens of this community are absolutely disgusting, and I honestly believe do not represent that majority,” Mayor Fred Wiedner wrote in his resignation letter, adding that “it is no longer worth the battle.”

Wiedner, who began an elected four-year term in April 2018, said he has accepted a job in a different state and will be moving his family “in a matter of days.” He told 41 Action News that he will be moving to southern Florida.

Wiedner said in his letter that he does not regret any decision made during his time in office, though “the timing of one decision in particular could have been better.”

“Every decision made by either me or the City Council was made in the best interest of the city of Lexington,” Wiedner wrote.

City Clerk Carla Ghisalberti said that rumors about Wiedner began circulating on Facebook in March after former city administrator Joe Aull was ousted.

In his resignation letter, Wiedner said there are still three candidates for the open city administrator position, including one who is from the area and “has already agreed to take the position.”

Councilman Scott Lynn will serve as mayor pro tem until a new mayor is elected in November, according to Ghisalberti. Open filing for candidates will begin July 16.