While Portsmouth City Council was handling the resignation of City Manager Derek Allen, another surprising turn shook council Monday night.
Just after council members approved a motion for the payment of a settlement between City Manager Derek Allen, who abruptly tendered his resignation Monday morning, and appointed Sam Sutherland once again as acting city manager, 4th Ward Councilman and Mayor Jim Kalb announced he quit and stormed out of the council meeting during his Mayor’s report.
Before leaving the meeting room alongside his wife, Kalb addressed Vice President Kevin E. Johnson as “Mister Mayor.”
According to Solictor John Haas, it will be determined whether or not the statements made by Kalb during his report will be accepted as a resignation, and, by default, the vice president will take over role as Mayor for the city of Portsmouth.
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