Concord City Council member stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after Sept. arrest, interim Mayor Pro Tem named

Concord City Council member stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after Sept. arrest, interim Mayor Pro Tem named

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - A Concord City Council member is stepping down as Mayor Pro Tem after a September arrest, and an interim Mayor Pro Tem has been named.

According to a statement from Concord Mayor Bill Dusch, council member Brian King is stepping down Monday night as Mayor Pro Tem to focus on personal matters.

On Monday night, the members of the Concord City Council will hold a special session and appoint council member John Sweat, Jr. of District 7 as the interim Mayor Pro Tem.

“We appreciate that Council member Sweat is prepared to take on the role at this time. We intend to officially appoint Council member Sweat as the new Mayor Pro Tem at our meeting next week,” Mayor Dusch said

The mayor says that council appreciates that King has apologized for the behavior related to his arrest in September while vacationing in Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Given the circumstances, members of council felt it was appropriate to transition the role of Mayor Pro Tem from King to Sweat immediately, rather than waiting until next week’s meeting.

King posted about the September incident on Facebook on Nov. 29.

“I am posting today to apologize for an incident that occurred a couple months ago while I was on vacation in Folly Beach, SC. While there, I inserted myself into a situation with some local police officers. I shouldn’t have done that and as a result, I was arrested. I had been drinking at a local bar with some college friends on our annual reunion trip and didn’t have the clarity that I should have had in that situation. As a result, I was rude to the police officers who were doing their jobs. I quickly apologized in writing to the officers and no formal charges were pursued. This event has embarrassed myself, my family and friends, and my fellow council members. For that I am deeply apologetic. I wasn’t conducting myself with the high standards that I should have and that are rightly expected of me. I’ve decided, with the support of my fellow council members, that I need to take a step back on some of the added responsibilities I’ve taken on in my role on City Council and focus that time and energy on my family, friends and clients. So, I’m going to finish up my role as Mayor Pro Tem next month and pass along a few other committee duties while I focus on continuing to serve the Concord community as I’ve been elected to do on council. I’m deeply committed to my community, clients and family. I made a mistake for which I’m very sorry, and I hope that you will forgive me and offer me and my family grace, prayers and privacy during this time.”
Brian King Facebook post

I am posting today to apologize for an incident that occurred a couple months ago while I was on vacation in Folly...

Posted by Brian King on Friday, November 29, 2019

Officials did not provide any further information or details concerning the September arrest.

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