PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Portsmouth Mayor James Holley, whose citizens filed a petitioncalling for his resignation, has until Friday June 4 to resign. Ajudge issued that ruling during a court hearing Thursdaymorning.
The judge said the citizens submitted enough signatures for thepetition. If Holley does not resign by the close of businessFriday, he will have to go through an election on July 13.
After the hearing, Holley told WAVY.com that he refuses toresign. He said, "He didn't say he was going to put me inincarceration, did he?... I'm still going to be the Mayor." Holleyadded that he is not upset or worried about this, saying "I'munemotional... I'm political."
But earlier this month, Holley challenged the petition in a 40word document, saying he questioned the "genuineness of thesignatures," of which there were nearly 9,000, and the"qualifications of the electors."
A group of citizens initiated the petition drive in September2009 after it was revealed that Holley had been ordering his citysecretary to handle his personal errands. City Council publiclyscolded Holley, fined him $2,500 and formally voted to request hisretirement.
"This is a process that is ongoing. Everyone expected the mayornot to resign and he has a week to think about that now, but he hasshown how he is going to conduct his life and we'll prepare for anelection," said Robert Marcus, who was part of the recallpetition.
Again, a judge gave Holley until Friday to resign.
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