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December 12, 2006

Greenville council member quits, faults mayor on way out

GREENVILLE — Greenville Councilwoman Robin S. Douglas had been considering vacating her seat since Richard H. Miller became mayor in January and she acted on those feelings at the end of Tuesday’s meeting by announcing her resignation.

“Until this past year, I felt that my experience had been overall a positive one. However, since the election and swearing in of this mayor, this has been a most disconcerting year,” she said, reading from a prepared statement, her voice full of emotion.

“I have received venomous e-mails from him that have been personal attacks as well as other narratives that have been shockingly one-sided and full of what I consider to be blatant falsehoods,” she said.

Mrs. Douglas said she most recently became upset a few weeks ago after reading Miller’s comments in the Greenville Record Argus newspaper saying she and two other council members voted irresponsibly when they didn’t approve the 2007 budget.

Miller cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the budget Nov. 22, adding he didn’t like the budget but he voted in favor because a lot of effort went into it.

That was an irresponsible move on his part because no one should vote in favor of something just because an effort was made, Mrs. Douglas said.

The Record Argus article quoted Miller as saying all council members had the chance to attend finance committee meetings and budget hearings to discuss their concerns.

Mrs. Douglas said she was never made aware of those meetings and received a copy of the 30-page budget less than two days before voting on it. That wasn’t enough time to review a long and complicated document, she said.

Mrs. Douglas, who has served on council since 2002, said she has never had personal issues with another council member until this year.

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