Council’s Gore resigns, then re-signs

Ward 4 Dillon City Councilperson Derek Gore is shown above during a meeting of the group earlier in 2014. Last Wednesday, Gore resigned his position during the council meeting, only to rescind the decision two days later. J.P. Plutt photo

 

Dillon City Councilperson Derek Gore announced his resignation at last Wednesday’s Dillon City Council meeting, only to retract it two days later in a handwritten letter to the city.

“I’m a businessman, and the ethics of business, if we don’t make money or learn something, we get out of it,” Gore told his fellow councilpersons in announcing his resignation just before the end of last Wednesday’s regular City Council meeting.

But two days later, Gore delivered a letter to the city indicating he wanted to remain on the Council.

“I, Derek L. Gore, herby renounce my decision to resign from the City of Dillon City Council,” wrote Gore in the Aug. 8 letter, which was witnessed by his fellow Ward 4 representative Nils “Swede” Troedsson.

“I wish to remain council man of Ward 4 from this day forth.”

Gore’s dramatic flip-flop represented the latest twist in what has been an ever-more-twisted 2014 for Dillon’s City Council, which at a meeting in January refused to consent to two appointments by new Mayor Mike Klakken, setting off a firestorm of controversy refueled by numerous incidents over the subsequent seven months.

Gore, who along with Troedsson represents Dillon’s Ward 4, has been one of the core members of a group of councilpersons that has clashed with Klakken on a number of issues.

After twice rejecting them, the Council consented to accept Klakken’s appointments of Jim Dolan as city attorney and Neal Straus as city treasurer.

But Gore was the only councilperson to vote against Straus on April 16, the night Klakken’s appointment of the business and finance veteran was finally accepted by the Council.

Gore became one of four councilpersons to inspire a recall petition effort over an alleged violation of oath of office for a reputed open meeting law infraction related to a signed letter delivered to judges about Klakken and Dolan’s predecessor, Duke Gilbert.

 

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