Rapid City Council member strives for "redemption" - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Council member strives for "redemption"

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An investigation report of complaints about one Rapid City Alderman were released Tuesday night by the Rapid City Council, giving ward one alderman Bill Clayton a chance for what he calls redemption.

In September 2012 a written complaint was filed against Alderman Bill Clayton for comments he allegedly made about city council member Charity Doyle at a "Wingnut" Luncheon. The complaint says that Clayton singled out Doyle and ridiculed her by questioning her mental fitness to serve on the Rapid City Council.

The second complaint was an e–mail from KOTA News reporter Taisha Walker, who is African American. Walker says during a phone conversation with Clayton in late August 2012, he asked her if she should be deported back to Kenya with Obama.

Clayton apologized for his comment to Walker, and says he didn't know who she was or what she looked like at the time of the conversation. "Again I apologize to the KOTA reporter, I apologize to everybody on this council for any discord that I might have caused, I apologize to the city staff who had to spend their valuable time taking care of this, I apologize to the citizens of Rapid City," said Clayton. Clayton also says he is a different person than he was four months ago, and has learned from this "baptism by fire."

"We need to get along, and how we do that I don't know, but I really, really feel it's important and I don't want anybody to be discredited simply because of their race or their gender or their political opinion," said Alderman Chad Lewis.

No further actions will be taken by the city council on this matter.

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