At council’s request, Bloomingdale mayor plans to resign over controversial Facebook posts

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BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. (WSAV) – Bloomingdale Mayor Ben Rozier says he plans to resign Friday at the request of the entire city council.

Earlier this week, Rozier shared a controversial post on Facebook that many have said promotes racial stereotypes.

“I reposted it without thinking about the times we’re living in right now with so much unrest,” the mayor told News 3.

“I just didn’t think and it’s cost me a job that I really love,” he added. “I love living here in Bloomingdale and I have a lot of respect for the citizens that have elected me.”

The Facebook post targets people who receive government assistance.

“Privilege is living in public subsidized housing where you don’t have a water bill,” the post states, in part, “where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table.”

“I don’t want to shed a negative light on anyone and I just want to apologize for the post to anybody that I have offended,” Rozier said.

Many viewers reached out to News 3 after it was posted in multiple Facebook groups Tuesday voicing their disappointment in the mayor’s comments.

Bloomingdale resident Hannah Minter said she’s glad local leaders are listening.

“It can’t just be the people,” Minter said. “We have to have the people in power that are taking our voices to be heard and they’re calling out someone that’s higher than them. That’s amazing.”

“The council made the call that they feel is for the best,” Rozier said.

Thursday night’s council meeting was abruptly canceled, but members issued the following statement shortly after issuing a notice about the cancellation:

The Bloomingdale City Council and Administration is aware of the Facebook post made by Mayor Ben Rozier on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 and its reaction by the general public.

The Bloomingdale City Council wishes to state collectively that this action taken by Mayor Rozier is his action and his action alone. We in no way condone or endorse any single or collective posts made by the Mayor.

It is unfortunate that Mayor Rozier’s posts on Facebook has caused this set of circumstances and ill will in our beloved community. In no way does this reflect the ideals and values of the City of Bloomingdale or the Bloomingdale City Council.

Based on the actions of Mayor Ben Rozier, the entire City Council has respectfully requested that Mayor Rozier tender his resignation immediately.

Rozier said he doesn’t want to resign but will listen to his community.

“It’s not something that I want to do,” he said. “The greatest honor of my life has been serving the people of Bloomingdale, but its time to make room for someone else.”

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