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Gillette’s Mayor Carter-King resigns after private messages sent to city officials

 The Gillette City Council members saying the Pledge of Allegiances at a City Council meeting.
The Gillette City Council members saying the Pledge of Allegiances at a City Council meeting. (KOTA)
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 12:17 AM CST
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GILLETTE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Louise Carter-King is stepping down as mayor of Gillette. Carter-King sent a letter of resignation to the city council Thursday evening, two days after she took to the city’s Facebook page to apologize for remarks made in private messages revealed to the public. According to that Facebook post, multiple private communications between Gillette’s former City Administrator Patrick Davidson and Carter-King were sent out to city officials by Davidson in December.

“On December 31, 2021, Patrick Davidson sent an email to this Council, the City Clerk and an unknown number of other individuals, sharing private communications that occurred over several years.,” Carter-King said in the post, “In some of these messages, I am disparaging and disrespectful to members of this City Council and other individuals.”

The mayor went on to apologize in the post.

“I have let you all down.” She said, “I am truly sorry for both my words and my actions.”

Two days later, Wyoming News Now received an email from the city of Gillette detailing Carter-King’s resignation. According to the letter, the mayor again acknowledged the hurt she may have caused others.

“It was never my intention to hurt anyone, but I recognize that I have hurt people and damaged relationships.” Carter-King wrote, “I believe that it is in the best interest in the City for me to step down from my position.”

You can read the full letter here.

Louise Carter-King began serving Gillette in 1990 in the city council. She was elected as mayor in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. According to the City of Gillette, the city council will meet Friday, January 7th to appoint a new mayor.

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