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Investigators: Emails to Dodge City, Kan., mayor who resigned not threats

On Dec. 15, 2020, the Dodge City mayor resigned stating that she no longer felt safe in her...
On Dec. 15, 2020, the Dodge City mayor resigned stating that she no longer felt safe in her position.(City of Dodge City/Facebook)
Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 11:14 AM CST
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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - Investigators have concluded that angry emails about mask requirements that prompted a Kansas mayor to resign did not directly threaten her safety.

Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw resigned Tuesday.

City police, the city attorney, and the Ford County prosecutor reviewed three emails sent to Warshaw. The Dodge City Daily Globe says the emails were written by a man in Kentucky who was upset the city didn’t implement a mask requirement sooner.

The mandate was imposed Nov. 16. Warshaw said Thursday that she is relieved with the finding, but that she has received verbal and other communications that she finds concerning.

The mayor announced her immediate resignation Tuesday saying she was concerned about her safety after encountering aggression, including threats via phone and email after she was quoted in a USA Today article supporting a mask mandate, The Dodge City Globe reported.

“I understand people are under a lot of pressure from various things that are happening around society like the pandemic, the politics, the economy, so on and so forth, but I also believe that during these times people are acting not as they normally would,” Warshaw said Tuesday.

The commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 16 to impose a mask mandate, with several exceptions.

As of Tuesday, Ford County, where Dodge City is located, had recorded 4,914 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to the state health department. The county has about 33,600 residents.

Warshaw has said despite the threats, she doesn’t regret voting in favor of the mask mandate.

“This is harder for me than people realize,” Warshaw said as she began to cry. “I really love this city with all my heart. I still believe in this city, and I believe in their ability to not harm one another.”

Some of the threatening emails were turned over to police.

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