Mayor Don Williams was given the choice Monday night by his fellow city councilors of possibly facing further action by the council to discipline him or just go ahead and apologize to the council over the contents of what’s been dubbed “The Poppe Report” which was never released to the public but which may have contained allegations of violations of council rules as revealed in the contents of the investigation. The investigation was conducted by a private investigator, who is also an attorney, for a prestigious Eugene law firm. It was never publicly revealed what those violations entailed.
When faced with the possibility of continued efforts by the council to discipline him, Mayor Williams decided to accept the council’s offer. Councilor Chester Noreikis made the motion that the city council would take no further action on the issue upon Mayor Williams making his apology. And with that, Mayor Williams proceeded to issue an official apology to the council and to the citizens of Lincoln City.
Mayor Williams, reading from a prepared statement said:
“To the people of Lincoln City:
With the council’s decision to proceed no further with the Poppe Investigation, I am grateful to put this issue behind us so we can proceed with the duties we’ve all been elected to do.
I wish to apologize to the council, city staff and to the people of Lincoln City. I realize that certain actions of mine possibly violated the rules of the city council.
In the interest of moving the city forward, I ask all parties to be open to starting a new spirit of cooperation. Please join me in making Lincoln City a shining example of how good a city can be when we all work together.”
And with that Mayor Williams adjourned the city council meeting.