June 5, 2014
‘It Matters to You’
By Rachel Dove
In the interest of what is best for the residents of the city and to also not allow room for further speculation of wrongdoing, the former mayor of Williamson should immediately surrender his keys to city hall.
Darrin McCormick was seen entering Williamson City Hall on Wednesday evening via his own key, which should no longer be in his possession. The work day was done, and no employees were still inside at the time. What was he doing there? That seems to be the million-dollar question that no one can – or cares, to answer.
As most are aware, the ex-mayor tendered his resignation, effective April 30, less than 24 hours before being named in a federal investigation that centered on his former position as branch manager of the Williamson office of the Bank of Mingo. Since then, McCormick has pleaded guilty to one count of providing false information to a federal agent. He is scheduled to be sentenced on this charge in federal court on Aug. 28, and faces a possible five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
What is the purpose of his visits to city hall, especially when no one else is there? Shouldn’t this be a matter of concern for Mayor Steven Knopp, who was appointed to fill the position by McCormick and the city council members? Are they comfortable with the ex-mayor still coming and going on his own accord as if nothing has changed? We would like to think not.
McCormick has attended council meetings since vacating the mayor’s position, and was welcomed with open arms by the current mayor and council. They encouraged him to stay active with events in the city, and he readily agreed to do just that, saying in the last meeting, “I’m not going anywhere.” Maybe he is privy to information we are not aware of because what we see in the plea hearing documents is an admission of guilt, and a possibility of five years behind bars.
How do you, the residents of Williamson feel about this situation? Are you good with it – or do you share the opinion of the Daily News that McCormick needs to surrender his keys? We would like to hear what you think, and encourage you to express your feelings in a letter to the editor.
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