Tweeting City Clerk Quits in Fiery Fashion

Kim Lehmkuhl not crying a river to leave post in Pleasant Hill, Calif.
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2014 7:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – The resignation of a Northern California town's city clerk generally wouldn't garner much in the way of press, but the drama surrounding Kim Lehmkuhl's exit from her Pleasant Hill post is just a wee bit outside the norm. Lehmkuhl was elected to the position in 2012, but things have since grown frosty between the city official and the town, with the Contra Costa Times reporting that the 34-year-old was accused of taking no minutes during city council meetings in her entire first year, and instead tweeting her way through them—under a city account, and in a very opinionated way, the city charged. Some residents called for her to step down (she refused, and the San Francisco Chronicle notes that she did later produce minutes for some meetings), and the council in March announced a November ballot item would seek to change the position to an appointed one, reports the AP. The moves, as it turns out, were unnecessary: Lehmkuhl quit on Monday, in fiery fashion, to take a job in Washington, DC.

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In an email to the mayor and city manager, she wrote that "this has been an atrocious, incredibly depressing, and mind-numbingly inane experience I would not wish on anyone. I wish the City the best of luck in finding some schmuck eager to transcribe every last misogynistic joke, self-indulgent anecdote, and pathetic pandering attempt by Council." She also wished the city manager "best of luck with your imminent unfunded pensions scandal, that is going to be a rough one." But Lehmkuhl wasn't the only one with blistering words. Said Pleasant Hill Mayor Tim Flaherty at Monday night's council meeting, per ABC7, "I'm paraphrasing our former President Gerald Ford in saying 'Our long municipal nightmare is now over.' Our city clerk has resigned." Her city-related Twitter account is no more as well. (Read more Kim Lehmkuhl stories.)

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