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City councilor, communications director resign amid controversy

Mayor states commitment to “maintain our commitment to engage, educate and elevate those who live and work” in Everett

This spring the City Council has been mired in controversy over Ward 3 Councillor Anthony DiPierro’s racist behavior through social media and in a leaked video that included Everett Director of Communications Deanna Deveney. Various members of the City Council and the school supt. have called for DiPierro’s resignation over the past few weeks, and on Monday there was a walkout by Everett High School students to City Hall.

On Monday, DiPierro announced his resignation. In a brief statement on Facebook, he stated: “After taking time to reflect, I have decided to step down from my position as an Everett City Councilor; effective immediately. My actions have clearly hurt a city that I love, and am proud to call home. My resignation as Ward 3 Councilor will allow our community to continue its path of growth, without distraction. I take full responsibility for my actions, and encourage others who participated in this hurtful, insensitive banter, to also do the right thing and step down from their positions in city government. To all our residents, especially those who believed in me, I sincerely apologize. I am committed to being better. I will diligently educate and sensitize myself to the diversity and inclusion of all people, so that I will truly learn and grow from this sad experience.”

A statement released on Facebook later that same day by Mayor Carlo DeMaria – in light of DiPierro’s resignation and student protests – reads: “If you spend even a little bit of time in Everett, you will see how rich our community is with diverse residents, businesses and culture. The fact that people from all walks of life have chosen to live and work in Everett is part of what makes this city so special.

“I truly believe that.

“Recently, we have been faced with inexcusable conduct of elected officials and City employees that violates the public trust. These actions have caused deep pain in our community. I have spoken to and heard from residents and we all believe that significant, visible action must be taken in order for true healing to begin in Everett.

“In order for our healing to begin, Anthony DiPierro is resigning from his seat on the City Council. Deanna Deveney also is submitting her resignation from her position as Communications Director. I believe that these steps are essential for Everett to move forward.

“It is critical for residents to know that we maintain our commitment to engage, educate and elevate those who live and work here to ensure that Everett is a community where everyone feels embraced. The important work to train, educate and inform all municipal employees of the standards that they are expected to uphold to make sure that all residents feel respected continues in our Administration. We will not fail in this commitment to our residents.”

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