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April 8, 2013

Mayor confirms resignations of two Baxter Springs employees

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Two Baxter Springs city employees, City Clerk Donna Wixon and code enforcement officer Jeremie Humphrey, have resigned, Mayor Mike Kaufmann confirmed Monday morning.

The Globe was unable to reach Humphrey or Wixon on Monday for comment.

“Her last day was Friday,” Kaufmann said of Wixon.

Wixon, who was involved in town turmoil last April, gave her resignation to Kaufmann on Thursday night. He declined to comment on what was in her letter of resignation or what might have caused her to resign, saying that would be a “question for her.”

At a council meeting last April, then-Mayor Jenifer Bingham appointed people of her own choosing to replace Wixon and police Chief David Edmondson. The council later voted 6-2 against the mayor’s appointments.

Bingham then placed Wixon on paid suspension and changed the locks at City Hall. The council eventually restored Wixon to her job.

Bingham made another attempt at appointing a city clerk to replace her, naming the deputy city clerk, Deb Weston. The council voted against that appointment on a 6-2 vote.

A recall election was conducted in November, and two of three opponents of Bingham on the council retained their seats.

Bingham later resigned from her elective post, and Kaufmann, as mayor pro tem, became mayor.

Kaufmann said Humphrey, who was supervised by Wixon, also turned in his resignation last week.

“His last day was Thursday,” Kaufmann said of Humphrey. He declined to speculate as to why Humphrey resigned.

In the April 2 election, Kaufmann and three incumbent council members were ousted by voters.

Mayor-elect

COUNCILMAN RANDALL TREASE, who is to be sworn in tonight as mayor after defeating Mike Kaufmann in the April 2 election, said Monday afternoon that he had heard only rumors about the resignations but had not heard anything official.

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