Romulus City Council asks embattled mayor to resign

Mayor Alan Lambert says he won't step down

Published On: Apr 02 2013 01:40:25 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 06:57:27 AM EDT
Alan Lambert
ROMULUS, Mich. -

The Romulus City Council wants Mayor Alan Lambert to resign, or at the very least take a leave of absence.

The council's decision comes just one week after Michigan State Police raided Lambert's home as part of an ongoing investigation into public corruption.

“It is mine, and many others, and the community’s belief, that it would be in the best interest of our community if the mayor stepped down from office,” said councilwoman Eva Webb.

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Lambert was a no-show at the packed meeting Monday night.

However, he had message.

A letter he wrote addressing the scandal was read out loud.

Lambert made it very clear he's not going anywhere.

The letter said in part, “If or when I feel I should step down, I will. Until then, my intention is to continue to serve as mayor and to do what is the best interest of the city of Romulus.”

That’s when residents sounded off.

“If this is our mayor's position, then Mr. Mayor, come to work,” said one woman.

The mayor's resistance to leave office has already led to the resignations of several people, including the chief of police and economic development director. 

“Now I know I cannot say our mayor committed a crime, but what I can say is when the state police entered into his home, they must have had some good reason,” another woman said.