Under threat of removal from office, Lancaster Mayor resigns

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From the moment Brian Kuhn took the oath of office, scandal shadowed him.

Before his first day on the job, his wife Bridget was charged with embezzling more than $300,000.

A week after she was sentenced to four years in prison, Kuhn himself was charged with failing to file his income taxes.

A month ago, he was sentenced to 90 days house arrest. Kuhn insisted his personal problems had no bearing on his ability to lead the city.

Lifelong Lancaster resident Lynn McGrady disagreed.

"If you're a criminal, you're a criminal, and you should not be holding a public office," she said.

The Lancaster City Council called a special meeting for Monday morning to formally request Kuhn's resignation.

10TV has learned that council members were working with State Representative Tim Schaffer to force Kuhn from office.

Rep. Schaffer planned to take the council's resolution to the Governor, and request he initiate removal proceedings through the court.

Facing that prospect, Kuhn tendered his resignation, writing, "I do understand that confidence in me as a leader has diminished since taking office. The citizens…of Lancaster are important to me, as well as how we are portrayed to outside communities and future investors. To that end, I will resign my office. I sincerely apologize…and ask for your forgiveness for past actions in my personal life."

"Thank you Brian," Lancaster City Council President Robert Hedges said. "It's overdue but better late than never. We need to move forward as a government that can be trusted. I think the trust in the government has been greatly damaged by his actions over the last year."

Residents 10TV spoke with agree.

"I had an issue with our mayor having an ankle monitor," Linda Griffith said. "It just doesn't sound right for a city to have a major official walking around with an ankle monitor."

Kuhn's resignation takes effect Friday at midnight. Council President Hedges then becomes Acting Mayor.

Because Kuhn is a Republican, leaders of the county Republican party will appoint his successor in a meeting set for February 9. 10TV was not able to reach Mayor Kuhn for comment.

To read Kuhn's full resignation letter, click here.

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