City Council to set up misconduct meeting after councilman uses racial slur

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:38 PM EDT
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SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - 10-25-21 Update: Following an incident last week, the Salyersville City council is working to make changes.

City and County officials took to Facebook to condemn Councilman Colin Ray Jackson after he used a racial slur during a meeting last Monday.

“As a community, I know we’re in a difficult situation where one of our own has said something that he probably regrets,” says Salyersville Mayor Pete Shepherd. “And that, hopefully, what comes of this, we’ll be a better community for it- and we can come through this and move on and make Salyersville bigger and better, as we’ve been trying over the last 10 years.”

Mayor Shepherd says he asked for Jackson’s resignation, but it has not been tendered.

The council will meet Wednesday to set up a misconduct meeting with Jackson and decide how to move forward from there. Shepherd adds that Jackson will be given a chance to speak at the meeting once it is set.

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A video from a recent city council meeting has been causing a stir in Magoffin County.

In the video, Colin Ray Jackson, one of the city council members, can be heard using a racial slur.

The Salyersville Mayor, Pete Shepherd, said the use of the slur shocked him and the other council members in the room.

“It’s terrible. It was terrible,” he said. “There’s just no place for that anywhere, especially in public meetings or anywhere else, in private or anywhere else. It’s not what we’re about anymore.”

Magoffin County Judge Executive Matthew Wireman agreed with Shepherd and said he was shocked to hear the language in a council meeting.

“It is absolutely inexcusable for an elected official to make such comment,” he said. “This is not acceptable or tolerated in our community.”

Mayor Shepherd said he asked Jackson to resign by October 21, but Jackson said he does not plan on resigning.

“Well, it makes you feel pretty humble,” said Jackson. “I regret making that statement. I didn’t mean to offend anybody, but this is Eastern Kentucky, Magoffin County.”

Local and county officials said the comments were unacceptable, inappropriate and not an accurate representation of the community.

You can watch Jackson’s statement below.

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