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Statement of Mayor Garry Moneypenny


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-05-2015





Akron, Ohio (June 5, 2015) – In my last week in office as president of city council, I behaved inappropriately with a city employee, who came to my office to wish me well on my transition to mayor.

 In the emotion of the moment, I turned a good-bye hug into a too-personal encounter.  I have known this employee for over 14 years.  We have always had a very professional relationship.  And I clearly violated a professional and personal boundary.

 Words cannot describe the remorse I feel for my actions.

 I spent 37 years in law enforcement.  I’ve spent years in service to Victim’s Assistance.  I regret violating the very same principles I’ve spent my career upholding. 


I offered my unconditional apology to this employee.  I apologized to my wonderful wife of 25 years.  I apologized to my cabinet members.  And now, I offer my apology to the citizens of Akron who trust me to serve as mayor.

I take full responsibility for my actions.  I know this incident calls my character and my trustworthiness into question.  For this reason, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for election to mayor and I will not appear on the ballot in September.

 I will do my best to serve as the city’s interim mayor and will pledge my support to the new administration when the new mayor is elected.


For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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