Chambers met privately beforehand with a small group of protesters. Resident Rawsy McCollum said the mayor apologized, saying his comments shouldn’t have been public.
But McCollum said he shouldn’t have voiced hatred at all, and it’s time for him to go.
“If you can impeach the president of the United States, you should be able to move the mayor in this little 1-red-light town,” she said.
Chambers accepted the resignations of council members McClain Burrough and Chandler Gann without explanation. McCollum said they had expressed embarrassment over the mayor’s comments.
Profiles and contact information for the two council members who resigned were no longer visible on the city’s official website Tuesday. A phone message to Burrough wasn’t immediately returned, and Gann could not be reached Tuesday.
Resident Savannah Miles says diversifying the council to better represent the community would be a step in the right direction.