Riggle Violates Charter, Asked to Resign by City Attorney

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Cuckoo for Coco Puffs

Garrison, KY

#1 Nov 4, 2013
Delaware Gazette - May 24

City councilwoman asked to step down

Cit­ing a vio­la­tion of the city of Delaware’s char­ter, Delaware City Coun­cil has asked coun­cil­woman Car­olyn Rig­gle to quit her seat, the Gazette has learned.

City attor­ney Dan Ben­ning­ton con­tacted Rig­gle Wednes­day to ask that she resign from her at-large seat on coun­cil, Rig­gle said.

City offi­cials are ask­ing Rig­gle to resign because she gave orders to a city employee, which is pro­hib­ited in sec­tion 52 of Delaware’s char­ter. Specif­i­cally, Rig­gle asked a pub­lic util­i­ties employee to turn on the water at a constituent’s house.

The res­i­dents’ water had been turned off due to late pay­ment. The pay­ment was even­tu­ally made. How­ever, because the pay­ment was received after 4 p.m. the city did not restore the water that same day, per a city pol­icy that allows util­i­ties to be restored the fol­low­ing day when pay­ment is received after 4 p.m.

Rig­gle said the city res­i­dent called her on May 17 and asked for her help in get­ting their water turned back on. She said she intends to fight the res­ig­na­tion request and has hired an attorney.

“I’m not resign­ing,” Rig­gle said.“My job on city coun­cil is to serve con­stituents and the com­mu­nity. That’s what I did and what I’ve always done. If some­one said,‘Don’t do this,’ I would have dropped it.”

“If that’s the pol­icy, then some­one should have told me,” Rig­gle con­tin­ued.“I know no one wants to tell a coun­cil mem­ber,‘No,’ but it could’ve been han­dled. There’s a way they can talk to us.”

City coun­cil met in exec­u­tive ses­sion Mon­day to dis­cuss the issue. City char­ter states that coun­cil has the “power and it shall be its duty” to declare the seat vacant if any mem­ber is found to have vio­lated the city charter.

The Gazette con­tacted sev­eral coun­cil mem­bers for this story. Each declined to com­ment. City offi­cials also declined to say when coun­cil is next expected to meet on the topic.

Rig­gle said she ini­tially called city man­ager Tom Homan and asked him to have the water turned back on. She said Homan advised that he couldn’t help.

Accord­ing to Rig­gle, she then called the city’s pub­lic works direc­tor Tim Brown­ing, who told her that he wasn’t respon­si­ble for water shut offs. She then attempted to con­tact an employee in the pub­lic util­i­ties depart­ment, she said. When Rig­gle couldn’t reach that employee by phone, she drove over to their res­i­dence, she said.

Rig­gle said she “asked the employee for a favor” and then inquired as to whether they would turn the water back on. That employee called Rig­gle the same night to let her know that the water had been restored.

Rig­gle said she was sur­prised to learn she may have vio­lated the city rules.

“I’m just flab­ber­gasted about the whole thing,” Rig­gle said.“I felt like this was no prob­lem. One good deed never goes unpun­ished.… I’m so sorry all this hap­pened. I just feel horrible.”
Dan Bennington

Garrison, KY

#2 Nov 4, 2013
Riggle's seat should have been vacated by Council since Riggle did not have the decency and honor to resign.
no way

Powell, OH

#3 Nov 4, 2013
No Dan Bennington I know resides in Cambridge OH (see above address)but the treasurer of the Three Stooges campaign does. What a coincidence!!
Cuckoo for Coco Puffs

Delaware, OH

#4 Nov 4, 2013
Oh my!
The Original Coco Puffs

Garrison, KY

#5 Nov 5, 2013
The other at-large incumbents had the good sense not to be mixed up with this mess. Riggle brought down all three of them.
Original Cuckoo Puffs

Delaware, OH

#6 Nov 5, 2013
The city attorney told her she needed to resign and she said "no"? Wow. That is audacious.

Since: Jun 11

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#7 Nov 5, 2013
umm you do realize Bennington retired two years ago.....right? Idiots...
Charlotte Joseph

Delaware, OH

#8 Nov 5, 2013
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