City elections official resigns

Mayor, manager mum on Weddle’s sudden departure; early voting begins today

KINGMAN – City Clerk Toni Weddle reportedly resigned Tuesday afternoon, two days before early voting begins for the spring election.

The responsibilities of the city clerk include managing city records, municipal licensing and managing the city’s election programs.

“She came in at 5 o’clock and resigned,” City Manager Paul Beecher said of Weddle. He directed further inquiry to Human Resources Director Jackie Walker.

Walker provided a copy of a signed letter of resignation by Weddle, adding that she would be paid according to the terms of administrative leave agreed upon by her and the city until June 30.

Weddle, who was contacted at home, said she did not want to comment on the situation at this time.

Assistant City Clerk Angela Gray replaced Weddle Wednesday morning, serving as acting city clerk.

Gray said she understood she was temporarily filling the position and that it would have to be open for other candidates including herself to go through the interview process before a permanent placement is hired.

Mayor Monica Gates said she could not comment on policy decisions.

“I wish her well with whatever she decides to do,” Gates said.

City Council members said the city notified them Wednesday morning by e-mail of Weddle’s departure.

“I was shocked,” Council Member Tom Carter said. “It totally came as a surprise. She was always very responsive to me.”

Vice Mayor Tom Spear said he didn’t really have an opinion but had confidence in the city manager in handling the situation.

“We’re not privy to any personnel information,” Spear said.

“I am shocked and surprised and disappointed,” said Council Member Ray Lyons. “Everything I ever asked from her I got right away.”

As for the upcoming municipal election, Walker said that Mohave County handles most of the process, with the clerk serving as a go-to person between the city and county, though she was unsure of some specific duties such as tracking campaign finance reports.

Pre-primary election reports, submitted by candidates on campaign spending and contributions collected between Jan. 1 and Feb. 22, are due between Feb. 23 and March 2.

Early voting for the spring election begins today.

City residents interested in early voting can request a ballot to be sent to them by calling 753-0767 or by voting in the new County Administration Building at 700 Beale St.

Voters are required to show photo identification or two legal documents with their name and address.