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High Point Mayor Responds To 4 Council Members Asking For Her Resignation

11:20 PM, Sep 22, 2013   |    comments
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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Mayor Bernita Sims says she's not planning to step down from office.

"Don't judge me by whether or not, I paid a utility bill or don't judge by an allegation around taxes. Don't judge me by those things. Judge me by the work that I do," Sims said.

This comes after four members of the High Point City Council called for Sims' resignation. They argue Sims' personal financial problems are interfering with her ability to lead.

"It has got to the point, where it was causing a good deal of disruption with council," said Jim Davis, a council member with the city of High Point.

Council members Jim Davis, Judy Mendenhall, Jason Ewing and Becky Smothers wrote separate letters to the editor of the High Point Enterprise last week. Mayor Sims also wrote a letter in response to the calls for her resignation.

The council members say Sims' financial troubles have cast a negative light on the city and the council. Earlier this year, the State Bureau of Investigation said Sims wrote a  bad check for $7,000 to a family member

The Attorney General's Office is still determining whether to file felony charges. 

In addition, the High Point Enterprise reports Sims owes more than $5,500 for overdue state income taxes. The mayor also faced criticism for a delinquent utility bill, which she has now paid.

Mayor Sims also told WFMY News 2, "There has always been dissatisfaction with my win. At this point, it's gone beyond what I expect from people interested in what's best for the city."

Councilman Jason Ewing spoke with WFMY News 2 on Saturday evening about the controversy. Ewing said he spoke to Sims before he submitted his letter. He said he is unsure if Sims will resign. 

Davis and Mendenhall have also called for Councilman Foster Douglas to resign because of his own financial issues. WFMY News 2 reported Douglas has owed $32,000 to the city of High Point for a decade.

In a letter to the High Point Enterprise, council member Smothers said she, "planned to make a motion asking Bernita Sims to resign." On Monday, Smothers told WFMY News 2 she has since changed her mind and no longer plans to file a motion. Smothers said the motion is unnecessary now because the public now knows where the four council members stand. Smothers said the entire point of the motion was to let the public know some council members were aware of some citizens' dissatisfaction with Mayor Sims.

Read: Smothers' Letter To High Point Enterprise

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