Published December 11, 2015 by Laura Summers (Tulsa World)
BARTLESVILLE, OK – A Bartlesville city councilor resigned Thursday after admitting to making disparaging remarks about local police that apparently were recorded without her knowledge.
Doann Nguyen submitted a letter of resignation to the city of Bartlesville and her constituents, saying she is leaving the post she has held since last year representing Ward 4.
The move came amid controversy over comments she made in April in which she called local police officers “uneducated” and “violent perverts.”
“By these statements coming to light this past week, I understand the damage is irreparable, and I sincerely apologize to the city of Bartlesville, its police officers, and its citizens,” Nguyen stated in her letter. “With my resignation, I wish to take responsibility for my disparaging comments and in doing so, I hope to dissociate those comments from the city of Bartlesville and my constituents.”
Nguyen indicated she was unknowingly recorded making the statements to a constituent with whom she was trying to sympathize. The recording was posted to YouTube on Tuesday, exposing what Nguyen described as her own “embarrassingly ignorant statements about the police.”
City Manager Ed Gordon issued a statement in support of the municipal police department, which was released to the media along with Nguyen’s resignation letter.
“Ms. Nguyen has submitted her resignation from the Bartlesville City Council effective immediately,” Gordon stated. “While it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the circumstances surrounding Ms. Nguyen’s resignation, as administration, we are in full support of our police officers, as we are all of city of Bartlesville employees.”Follow @FortySixNews