City clerk resigns with colorful e-mail

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Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 2:01 AM

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city official has resigned from her post as city clerk in a scathing e-mail accusing city council members of misogynistic jokes and pathetic pandering and sarcastically wishing them the best of luck finding another "schmuck" to take her place.

City of Pleasant Hill spokesman Martin Nelis on Tuesday shared the message from 34-year-old Kim Lehmkuhl with the Associated Press.

Nelis says Mayor Timothy Flaherty responded to the resignation by saying the city's municipal nightmare was now over.

In Lehmkuhl's e-mail, sent Monday afternoon, she called her tenure as city clerk an "atrocious, incredibly depressing" experience.

Lehmkuhl, who was elected in 2012, had been criticized for months for sending out Twitter updates during city council meetings rather than taking minutes, and a group of residents had called for her removal from office.

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