Reportedly, the Mayor of Hoschton, GA declined to hire a city administrator because he is black.
According to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and interviews with city officials, Mayor Theresa Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”
It needs to be pointed out that while city councils in Georgia are non-partisan, the members of City Council vocally calling out the mayor are both active in their local Republican Party. So let’s please avoid the accusations out there that interweave race and party politics.
What is clear is that if the story is true, and it appears that the story is true, the Mayor of Hoschton needs to step down immediately. This is unacceptable. According to the AJC, the Mayor told a member of the Hoschton City Council and that member is on record saying it happened.
The mayor reportedly made her comments to a member of the council in an overheard whisper during a closed-door session of the council March 4. Councilwoman Hope Weeks said she repeated them to her in the parking lot after the meeting, according to a document released by the city in response to an open records request from the AJC.“She proceeded to tell me that the candidate was real good, but he was black and we don’t have a big black population and she just didn’t think Hoschton was ready for that,” Weeks wrote in an account dated March 4.
Mayor Kenerly needs to resign now.