NEW: Councilman resigns, Luther voters ready to move forward

Posted on: 5:27 pm, October 9, 2013, by , updated on: 10:34pm, October 10, 2013


LUTHER, Okla. – Voters in Luther will soon have to elect a new Trustee. Trustee Greg Atkinson resigned Thursday, two days after admitting to making racist remarks about the Mayor, Chief of Police and Planning Commissioner.

With two short sentences, Atkinson wrote to his community, resigning. Something voters like Richard Dunlap are relieved to hear.

“I think that’s good that he resigned,” said Dunlap.

In the letter, Atkinson says, “Due to recent developments it has become necessary for me to resign.”

NAACP’s local President Ron Henry says Atkinson used the n-word to describe Mayor Cecilia Taft, Police Chief Marcus Thurman and Planning Commission Representative John Wilson.

“It wasn’t the place for him to do that,” said Ronnie Johnson. “That’s not good.”

NAACP’s President told Atkinson to resign from city leadership at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Atkinson refused and can be heard apologizing in the city’s recording.

“All I can do is sit here and apologize for my actions,” Atkinson told his community.

Ron Henry replied saying, “You know, next week, the same actions with a different crowd is still the same thing.”

Atkinson has not returned several messages from NewsChannel 4.

“He has no place in public office with comments like that,” said Dunlap. “This day and age, prejudice to me is just not acceptable.”

Voters say they can now move forward.

Below is Atkinson’s statement:

“Please consider this letter as my resignation from the Luther Board of Trustees. Due to the recent developments it has become necessary for me to resign.”