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Published on Apr 13, 2014
Semmes, Ala. (WPMI) Semmes Mayor Judy Hale came under fire at Monday night’s council meeting. At one point, she threatened to have council members removed from the meeting.
Hale denied allegations she played police officer and detained a teenager in a city vehicle back in January. Rebecca Bruhl said the mayor followed her daughter with her brights on after she left a bonfire party.
“I don’t know if you understand, but an 18-year-old girl who wasn’t doing anything wrong, being chased by a city vehicle in the middle of the night is terrorizing,” said Bruhl.
Hale defended her actions saying she was working when she received a complaint about a noisy party, went to check it out and followed who she thought was a drunk driver. Although, when Mobile Police were called to the scene, no arrests were made.
“I wouldn’t have followed the girl, I didn’t know it was a girl, I didn’t ever see her until I got to the Chevron, if I would not have thought that there was something wrong,” said Hale.
“It’s very concerning,” said councilman Howard Smith.
Smith says he’s not only alarmed by the allegation but is also concerned with city finances. He says the mayor has not been forthcoming with documents.
“Do you think she should resign?” asked Local 15’s Andrea Ramey.
“Yes,” replied Smith.
“Are you going to ask the mayor to resign?” Ramey asked.
“Yes,” replied Smith.
“Tonight?” asked Ramey.
“As often as it takes,” replied Smith.
Smith didn’t publicly call for her resignation in the work session, but he, along with other members, did question Hale and were warned on more than one occasion they would be forcibly removed by a sheriff’s deputy if they spoke out of order.
Hale says she will not resign.
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