The small city of Aurora in Marion County will soon have a new mayor since the former one resigned early last week after an arrest on a DUII charge, investigators said.
Gregory Taylor, 57, was arrested on a DUII charge during a traffic stop near the intersection of Northwest 1st Avenue and North Fir Street in Canby at around 1 a.m. on Aug. 18. According to records, it's Taylor's third DUII charge in the past 10 years. He pleaded guilty to DUII in 2004 and 2005, records show.
During the traffic stop earlier this month, Taylor admitted to the officer that he was the mayor of Aurora, investigators said. Investigators couldn't say what Taylor's blood alcohol level was at the time of his arrest.
"It's a long time coming," said Aaron Reed, who lives in Aurora. "This has really been a sad state of affairs that Aurora's at. Keep covering things up and keep getting shuffled under the carpet. And it's thankful nobody got hurt this time."
Taylor declined to comment about his resignation. He referred FOX 12 to Aurora City Hall.
In a letter obtained by FOX 12 that was submitted on Aug. 19 to Taylor's fellow council members and city employees, he announced his resignation and stated he was stepping down for personal concerns that were beyond his control.
"He should step down because that's not showing any sense of responsibility," said Jan Peel, who lives in Aurora.
"Anytime there's any criminal activity of any sort of a public official, they need to step down and take care of (the) personal matter," Reed said.
City Attorney Dennis Koho said Taylor became mayor in 2011 and was elected to his first, full two-year term last November.
On Thursday, the city council will meet to accept Taylor's resignation letter and select a new mayor, according to an agenda posted outside Aurora City Hall. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Some voters hope whomever is chosen as Aurora's next mayor will use the opportunity to take the city in a new direction.
"Treating us like a city that needs to start developing and growing. We are under a huge tax burden in this city, huge tax burden," Peel said. "We need the growth in the town in order to sustain. And unless we do that, this town is in trouble."
Taylor is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 23.
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