Mayor Joyce Warshaw of Dodge City said she was concerned about her safety after being met with aggression, including threats via phone and email, after she was quoted in a USA Today article on Friday supporting the mandate, The Dodge City Globe reported. The city commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 16 to impose a mask mandate, with several exceptions.
But Warshaw told NBC News on Tuesday that “threats, accusations and actions” toward her and her family from those in the community forced her to step down.
“[It was a] very very tough, difficult decision to make because I have no regrets about any of my actions or decisions I made as mayor but I think it’s best to move on,” Warshaw said. “Particularly my husband said ‘you’re done, you’re done.’ Maybe the city can just move on.”