There is turmoil in Clearfield Borough, after the borough council asks the mayor to resign. The big question here is why the borough council wants Mayor Patty Gilliland to step down. Problems have been brewing in the borough for several weeks now. Some of it stems from the recent visit from the governor, but that might not be the only reason for the request. Council members made the request during Thursday night’s borough council meeting. Officials say five members voted for the mayor to resign, and only one voted against it. They say the mayor was aware of the motion, but that she left before the announcement. Officials say council received information about the mayor and thats why they want her to step down, but officials arent saying what kind of information they have. The mayor requested several on duty officers to hand deliver invitations to local businesses for the Governors visit, and some council members say they were never informed that the Governor was even coming to town. In a statement to WTAJ the mayor defends herself saying she thought the officers delivering the invitations would be good community relations for the department. She also says she told the borough’s operation manager about the visit as soon as she was permitted from the Governors office, and that it’s that person’s responsibility to inform the council. Most residents of Clearfield that we spoke to say they would really like to know the reason for the council’s request, and until then, they see no reason for the mayor to step down. Mayor Patty Gilliland says she will not step down. She says council didnt give her a reason as to why they want her out of office. She says she will make a statement about this issue Saturday morning at the police station.
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