DeKalb City Clerk Liz Peerboom sent Mayor John Rey the following email Friday to resign from her office, effective immediately:
When I decided to run for City Clerk, I did so knowing there would be obstacles. But, I ran because I care about the City of DeKalb and the Clerk's office.
I have a long history as an employee of the city, so to me that shows that I am loyal.
In the last several months, it has become apparent to me that the road blocks that have been put in place are unmovable.
The new City Manager is slitting throats and leaving body bags. Unfortunately, the residents will suffer and you, as Mayor, will be left to pick up the pieces.
This is a City of DeKalb that I no longer recognize and I see no reason to continue collecting a salary to take attendance at the meetings. I have been pretty much shoved out. Did you even realize that I do not have an office or a desk, but interns and consultants have been afforded spacious offices?
Also, Diane Wright stepped up when Steve Kapitan resigned and cleaned up the mess he made, only to be shoved out like many of the city's good employees have been. Now, the office will be run by someone with absolutely no government experience, whom I explicitly had asked the Manager not to give that job to. The City Manager doesn't want a City Clerk, she needs employees that do her bidding and I am not that person. I think it was a big mistake to put the City Manager in charge of the deputies and I think it was a mistake to hire this City Manager.
Therefore, effective immediately, I am resigning my office as City Clerk.