Villa Rica councilman resigns over racially insensitive comment

Source: WGCL

A Villa Rica councilman resigned over something he said to a city hall employee.

Verland Best was on the agenda to give the invocation at Tuesday's council meeting, but instead, he was represented by a letter he gave the city attorney to read on his behalf.

Best announced he was resigning because of the offense he caused by referencing a racially insensitive remark.

He said he quoted it in a conversation about the history of race relations in Villa Rica, and used it as an example of something he heard someone say a long time ago.

"It's clear that I should have paid more attention to what I was saying, paraphrasing more and quoting less," Best wrote.

The woman who heard the remark and made the complaint was also at the meeting. CBS46 caught up with her after the meeting, but she did not want to speak publicly about it.

Neither she nor anyone else at the meeting would elaborate on specifically what councilman Best said. Not even a censored version to give a basic idea.

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