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City moves forward after abrupt mayor resignation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Amidst pressure from a group of disgruntled residents, and allegations of financial mismanagement, the mayor of Audubon Park abruptly resigned Monday.

As seen in a video posted online by a resident, opponents at Monday's meeting jeered and called names as Mayor Michael Scalise stood in front of the council. Eventually, the audience erupted into applause as the mayor of 14 years handed in his resignation.

"The entire council was shocked," said council member Joanne Bader. "We came there to do city business as normal...not realizing any of that would happen."

Before leaving the meeting, Scalise put Bader in charge. Although she will act as presiding officer until the council elects a new mayor, she said she is not interested in the job of city leader.

Scalise's resignation comes after months of fallout related to financial mismanagement within the city. An investigation by the state auditor's office confirmed claims that the city had been over charging for sanitation to pay for general fund expenses. Road fund monies were also used for general fund expenses, according to the findings.

In the resignation letter -- mailed out and paid for by Scalise -- he says his decision isn't related to allegations against him or the city.

Bader said she believes Scalise never acted maliciously. "I don't think that -- no matter what happened -- he ever tried to do anything that wasn't in the best interest of the city," she said.

But after he watched a council member be removed last week, the acting Chief of Police said Scalise knew his days were numbered. "He knew that it was just a matter of time before the council ousted him like they did Mr. Huber and he wanted to leave on his own terms," said Jim Curtis.

The city has 30 days to elect a new mayor. If the council fails to do so, the governor will step in.

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