Tuesday, August 4, 2015

No Resignation in L. Pottsgrove, But a Call for One

The Lower Pottsgrove Township Commissioners extracted themselves as much as possible from the Shawn Watson controversy Monday night by voted unanimously to call for his resignation.

They also pointed out they do not have the legal authority to remove him from office or to force him to resign.

For those who have been asleep for the past month, Watson is under fire for, among other things, his failure to pay more $55,000 in back taxes to Pottstown, Pottstown Schools, Pottsgrove Schools, Norristown, Montgomery County and, perhaps most concerning, Lower Pottsgrove Township itself.

During the July 23 meeting, the commissioners did not discuss the revelations -- reported at that point solely by The Mercury -- at all.

(Links to those stories and Monday's editorial calling on Watson to resign, are pasted among the Tweets below.)

But on Monday night, Commissioners Chairman Bruce Foltz began with an announcement and a motion calling on Watson to resign.

Here is the story I wrote for today's Mercury.

Here is video of Foltz's announcement and motion:

Under public questioning from Joe Zlomek of the Sanatoga Post, Foltz also revealed that he had called Watson that morning in an attempt to convince him to resign and to tell him what the commissioners intended to vote upon.

Foltz also said Watson indicated he has no plans to resign.

Here are the Tweets from the meeting:

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