Jerram Apologizes To Stothert In Person

Council member Jean Stothert said she was furious after her fellow council member Chris Jerram was seen smiling with a t-shirt depicting her on a stripper pole.

Monday, Stothert told me that despite the hard feelings, Tuesday’s City Council session would be business as usual.

Inside City Hall it was, but Jerram also took a step to keep it that way.

Jerrram immediately issued a public apology Monday, but when the two met face to face Tuesday morning at a pre-council meeting for the first time since the photos surfaced, Jerram wanted to apologize to her in person.

Both showed no signs of the conflict at the meeting, but we did see him approach her once the meeting was over.

So what happened?

"Again, I expressed my apology to her. She was very gracious, and accepted my apology," Jerram says.

Stothert says it was heartfelt.

"He said he did it, and he said he'll probably remember it for the rest of his life. It was one of the worst mistakes he's ever made, but like I said, it's time to move forward. There's still a lot of work to be done on City Council," she says.

That’s what they did.

At the actual City Council meeting, the two walked in together smiling.

Council moved discussion forward with topics like TIF projects, and salary freezes for the mayor and Council members.

Jerram and Stothert say these are the real issues they should be focusing on.

"It's time to put this behind us and getting back to doing the people's work. We've had a good relationship. We commented on that, and how we look forward to working with each other going forward," Jerram says.

"We will continue to work together, and be professional about it," says Stothert.

They hope they can keep the dispute behind them, and look toward the future.

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