Port Clinton mayor resigns citing hostile environment

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (WTVG) - The mayor of Port Clinton resigned from his post at an emergency city council meeting Friday.

Mayor Hugh Wheeler Jr. submitted his letter of resignation from the position Thursday afternoon.

In his resignation letter, Wheeler thanked the citizens of Port Clinton. He cited a "hostile environment" at the city level, adding that he no longer wanted to subject himself nor his family to that unspecified behavior.

"He didn't always ask what needed to be done," said Margaret Phillips, who has served as a city council member since 2013. "He just thought what should be done and you can't do that when you are running a city."

Wheeler served as mayor of Port Clinton for three and a half years.

City council plans to appoint a new mayor during a meeting planned for Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM in council chambers. The next mayor will serve until the term expires in December.

Anyone interested in applying is asked to email a letter of interest and resume by Monday evening to Port Clinton City Council president De Anna Kuzma: https://www.portclinton.com/city-council/