Royal Oak Commissioner Won't Quit after Blowback from Lansing Rally

April 20, 2020, 7:28 AM

Kim Gibbs

Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs refuses a request from the city's mayor to resign after she attended a rally last week in Lansing to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order.

"The person I went to the rally with and myself were six feet away from everyone around us," Gibbs tells Fox2's Jessica Dupnack. "There was no hand-shaking, there was no hugging, there was no fist bumping or elbow pumping."

Royal Oak Mayor Fournier says he received get emails and calls.

"They were sending me photos of her at the protect violating social distancing orders that our governor had put in place to protect us," Fournier said, adding that he asked Gibbs to resign. 

"I strongly encouraged her to resign because (1) obviously she violated the law, and (2) she put our residents in Royal Oak at risk."

Gibbs, an attorney who specializes in real estate and business transactions, says the mayor wants to silence a conservative voice on the commission. 

Read more:  Fox 2

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