Richfield's controversial Mayor Sue Marie Young was asked to resign her position Tuesday night by the City Council.
Lengthy absences from Richfield and the fact that Young, who is also a member of the Board of Regents, had filed for bankruptcy were given as reasons for the request in a resolution that was unanimously adopted by all five council members.Young couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.
The council had met with the mayor in an executive session Jan. 24 and asked her to resign by April 30, said Dan Chidester, senior council member.
The date passed and she didn't resign.
"She gave us her word of honor," Chi-dester said.
Councilman Paul Lyman, an attorney, said the resolution was drafted with input from all council members. It was approved in an executive session Tuesday night and then formally adopted in the open session of the council meeting.
Lyman said that after the mayor agreed to resign in the January executive session, "In return we agreed not to formally ask her to resign (in a council meeting)."
He said that if she had "kept her end of the deal," we had agreed not to publicly announce our request.
"She was aware of what she had agreed to but didn't carry it out," Lyman said.
The mayor was not present at Tuesday's meeting.
The resolution stated that the council felt that it was their duty on matters of crucial importance to act as they did, "especially when it appears to the council to represent the opinion of the overwhelming majority of the citizens of Richfield."
Her lengthy absences from Richfield have made administration of city government increasingly difficult, the resolution stated. She has homes in both Richfield and Provo.
The resolution also cited her filing for personal bankruptcy and "such an action calls into question her ability to effectively make business, economic and financial decisions crucial to the forward movement of Richfield City."
Lyman said there is no recall or impeachment provisions under Utah law. Asked what the next step would be if the mayor doesn't resign, he said, "We will cross each bridge when we get to it."
Over a year ago, Young and her son, Stephen, and her brother-in-law, Alan Young, agreed to pay restitution in exchange for Sevier County's dropping criminal fraud charges. They were charged with illegal transactions related to a profit-sharing fund owned by employees of the defunct L.A. Young Sons Construction Co.