Wednesday’s Erie City Council meeting didn’t get off to a regular start. Citizens called for Council President Sonya Arrington’s resignation.
“That’s a personal decision that she has to come to on her own,” said Councilman Bob Merski. Merski says the council will not be asking Arrington to resign, despite citizens’ requests. “We just have to make sure that people follow the rules of council and you address the body and we do our jobs and so far that’s been being done and we just have to make sure that continues,” said Merski. According to Pennsylvania state law, Arrington does not have to step down unless she is convicted.
The FBI indicted Arrington on 33 felony counts, including 31 counts of wire fraud. Arrington is accused of misusing funds from her non-profit Mothers Against Teen Violence. “She’s doing what she was elected to do, so there really isn’t a reason at this point… for her stepping down,” said Greg Karle. Karle was a former city solicitor and is currently an attorney in Erie. “She’s not hiding from the public,” said Karle. “I’m sure there are many people when they have that legal cloud over them they run for cover, she doesn’t seem to be doing that.” The next city council meeting will be on May 16th.