Mayor of Winona defends her resignation
POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:29am
Winona, Tx (KETK) — On Monday city officials announced Dede Stroud submitted a letter of resignation along with turning in her city hall key and iPad. Stroud finally speaks out, and tells KETK's Stacey Spivey why she decided to step down.
The City of Winona has been making headlines lately, but whenever Stroud was elected as mayor in May, citizens were hopeful. "I believe the citizens wanted a change, they wanted a new face, and some new ideas," said Brian Richard, Chief of Police and City Administrator. She continued to say, "I've lived here since I was in the third grade, what goes on in this community does affect me, that's why i chose to step up to the plate and run for mayor."
Fast forward two months later, and Stroud decides to resign from her position. She said, "I knew it was going to be difficult, stressful to say the least, but I did not realize there was going to be a day to day battle on the inside of the city hall in order to get control of the situation going on in town." Stroud told KETK it was a painful experience as she was wronged, harassed, and neglected. Stroud said, "people need to realize I had no say so on any of the matters, so what's the purpose of having a mayor, if I cant give to the people what they expected?"
However, Richards said every city official worked hard to help her. "We tried to work closely with her, she would come to the office, request certain documents, information, what not, there wasn't a real close relationship there for some reason," said Richards.
Stroud said, that wasn't the case, and "the council stripped me of all of my duties, other than signing checks, and preparing the budget." When asked what's in store for the future, she said she's not sure where to go from here. "I feel like I left everyone down, and I'm sorry, I did not turn my back on the community, I did turn my back on the council members, and the people at the city hall, cause I refuse to let them treat me like they have," said Stroud.
Richards said with or without Stroud, the city of Winona will continue to move forward. He said, "I wish her the best, I really do, we're going to move forward, we're not moving backwards."
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