Baker City Strips Mayor Of Title After He Sues City

OPB | July 9, 2014 3:31 p.m.

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Baker City Hall.

Baker City Hall.

Amanda Peacher / OPB

The Baker City Council voted to strip their mayor of his title at a meeting this week.

Former mayor Richard Langrell filed a lawsuit against his own city this spring.  Wearing his business owner hat, he disputed more than $9,000 dollars in city sewer and water taxes. Langrell operates the motel, the Always Welcome Inn.   

Council member Clair Button was elected by fellow councilors to replace Langrell as mayor. Button says the fact that Langrell was suing the city while also leading the city didn’t sit well with residents.

“The public perception was that there was something untidy in that relationship and a large number of people simply didn’t feel it was appropriate,” Button says. “That influenced the decision of a couple of the councilors.”

Langrell was originally elected to City Council and then appointed mayor. He will be allowed to remain on the council through the end of his term in 2016.

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