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New Port Richey mayor vows to regain public's trust, respect

Mayor McPherson's apology

As has been widely reported, my loving wife of 27 years, Kimberly, was arrested on a simple domestic battery charge outside a restaurant earlier this week. Many things have been reported about my views concerning the arresting officer, however, I have done a poor job of taking responsibility for my actions that evening.

As for these actions, I want to apologize to the residents of New Port Richey, including my fellow council members and city staff, for my behavior. You deserve far better, and I will not resign the last 10 months of my term.

Instead, I will do everything possible to regain your trust and respect.

I want to apologize to my friends, family, and clients, and tell you that Kimberly and I cannot thank you enough for the dozens of e-mails, texts, and phone calls of support.

I want to apologize to the deputies who responded following the arrest, and tried to calm me down. The conduct of one deputy did not justify my inexcusable comments to the rest of you.

I respect what you do, and the stress and danger associated with your profession. To all of you just mentioned, I promise that my actions in public and private will never resemble what took place this week.

Finally, and of greatest importance to me, I want to publicly apologize to my wife, Kimberly. I will do everything in my control to make this up to you and be a better man. You mean more to me than any political office, or so-called prestige associated with community positions I have held. You did not deserve any of this, and I am so sorry. Please forgive me.

Scott McPherson, New Port Richey

New Port Richey mayor vows to regain public's trust, respect 07/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 5:21pm]
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