Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville has officially apologized to City Council member Jeanette Ard for calling her a “masochist” during a recent executive session.
As reported June 26, Ard wrote a letter to city attorney Elise Crosby expressing her concerns about the June 20 closed-door meeting.
Ard said Scoville “cursed me with the use of an expletive often associated with sexual deviant behavior.”
The letter does not indicate what Ard said she was called. She later confirmed the word used was “masochist.” Scoville admits he used the word, but says it was in a joking manner.
In his letter to Ard, Scoville writes “as you will recall, the context was that you stated you attended the most recent ARB meeting and had attended most city board meetings for many years.”
Scoville admits after Ard’s remarks he said “you must be a masochist or ‘you are a masochist’.”
He says in the letter “it was obvious to all in attendance that my statement referred to the boring nature of those meetings and was not a comment about your sexuality.”
Scoville also states, contrary to what Ard alleges in her letter, “I did not curse you or use an expletive or abuse you verbally in any other way.”
Ard also wrote that Scoville, during council meetings, often calls her by the wrong name.
Often he calls her Peggy and more recently he referred to her as Mrs. Sawyer.
“I am sorry that I occasionally miscall your name. I sometimes call my wife my daughter’s name and my daughter my wife’s name. Perhaps it’s a sign of encroaching old age,” Scoville wrote.
He concluded the letter by writing “I apologize if my comment to you was received as other than intended and I look forward to working with you in the future as we conduct city business.”
By Scott Harper