Eau Claire (WQOW)- We're hearing from former Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid, for the first time since she stunned the community by stepping down Tuesday.
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We reached out to Kincaid all day Tuesday. Our biggest question, why is she resigning?
In a statement sent to News 18 Wednesday she said, "It has become impossible to govern in a manner befitting a city that works, and to which the public has become accustomed" and "A lady knows when it is time to leave," said Kincaid.
Through an open records request, we do know of tensions between Kincaid and other city council members.
At least one of them had requested mediation with Kincaid, but according to our records, that request was never fulfilled.
Kincaid was also part of the big debate over city council members breastfeeding during meetings, and drafted the ordinance to ban children on the dais.
No matter what happens next, this will be a big shift for the city council. It hasn't had a new leader in almost a decade.
The council had already been going through some changes. Four of five city council members running for re-election, were voted out of office in April.
Now, Eau Claire City Manager Dale Peters said the council will need to decide how to fill the vacancy.
"We would expect in two weeks that we'll present information to the council on how they can go forward with filling the vacancy in the interim until a decision is made to how they're going to fill the vacancy, Vice President Werthmann would continue to run the meetings," said Peters.
Peters said there will be a special election in April to fill Kincaid's remaining term.
Here is Kincaid's full statement:
"On this day, and effective immediately, I find it necessary to resign my position as City Council President as it has become impossible to govern in a manner befitting a city that works, and to which the public has become accustomed.
I leave my position proud of the contributions my leadership helped accomplish for the common good. I count among them: downtown revitalization (from Phoenix Park to the Confluence Project), an expectation of civility in public service, trust in local governance, intergovernmental agreements with surrounding jurisdictions, creation of the Public Spirit Fund and Eau Claire PORCH, Inc., the city’s first Writer in Residence, and cultivating an excellent working relationship with City staff.
These accomplishments are not mine alone and I proclaim my admiration and hearty respect for city staff and the visionary people who urged me to try new things for the good of the city.A lady always knows when it is time to leave. I do so now to employ my leadership skills toward another good.It was an honor to have helped build a city that works."