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Riverdale city clerk resigns

By Justin Boron

Riverdale's city clerk has resigned her position after 31 years of service in the city.

In a letter to the Mayor and City Council dated Nov. 18, Sandra Meyers said her retirement would be would be effective Dec. 31.

Her employment at the city spanned four mayors, eight city managers, and endured some of the most heated controversy the city has ever seen when discrimination claims prompted a U.S. Justice Department Investigation.

Meyers couldn't be reached for comment but in a letter she gave her regards to her co-workers and citizens.

“This has been a very hard decision to make after serving the city for over thirty-one years. I have met and worked with many wonderful people and feel that God has blessed me by having these people come into my life,” she says in the letter. “After many hours of prayer, I feel that this decision is in my best interest and is the right decision to make.”

In January this year, Meyers was narrowly re-confirmed in a 3-2 vote. Council members Wanda Wallace and Michelle Bruce dissented. Mayor Phaedra Graham joined Council members Rick Scoggins and Kenny Ruffin in the tie-breaking vote.

“As an experienced and dedicated employee, Ms. Meyers' resignation is a disappointment to the citizens and a loss for the city,” said Graham. “In the future, I hope the city can do a better job of retaining experienced and professional employees.”

Council member Michelle Bruce said she wasn't necessarily surprised with the announcement.

“If I could retire, I would too,” she said

Meyers also served as the city's election superintendent numerous times.