Second Richlands town leader quits; cites ‘toxic environment’

Town of Richlands
Town of Richlands(WVVA)
Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 6:11 PM EDT
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RICHLANDS, W.Va. (WVVA) - A second member of the Richalnds Town Council announced their resignation on Friday.

In a statement sent to WVVA, Richard Brown said council members, as well as potential candidates, created a, “toxic environment.” Brown said it made it impossible to make life better for people in the town.

Brown’s resignation came days after Vice Mayor Mary Ann Strong quit the council.

You can read the complete quote from Brown below.

“On April 6th, 2022 I submitted my resignation to Mayor Rod Cury, which was effective immediately for my position as a Council Member for the Town of Richlands. I would like to thank everyone who entrusted me with their vote and supported me during both of the terms that I have served.

The political climate in Richlands has changed as such to where not only potential candidates, but also certain sitting members of the town council have created nothing short of a toxic environment making it impossible to accomplish our goal to make a better life for the citizens of Richlands.

I had previously announced in the December meeting that I would not be seeking re-election this coming year, because I felt that with a new council being formed after the November election, it would not be appropriate for me to approve a budget for next year in which I would not be part of or responsible for.

In closing I am reminded of the story of the “Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Be careful who you choose to follow; not everyone is as they seem. Actions speak louder than words.”

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