Council ousts Langrell as mayor

By Baker City Herald July 08, 2014 09:36 pm

The Baker City Council has removed Richard Langrell as mayor and elected Councilor Clair Button to replace him.

Councilor Barbara Johnson will replace Button as vice-mayor.

Langrell, who was elected by voters as a councilor in November 2012, was elected by his colleagues as mayor in January 2013.

He will remain as a councilor. His four-year term continues through the end of 2016.

In Baker City's form of government the mayor is largely a ceremonial position, and the mayor has no special authority beyond setting meeting agendas and signing official documents.

The City Council met tonight in a regular meeting.

Button had asked that a discussion of Langrell's performance be added to the agenda.

Langrell this spring filed a lawsuit against the city claiming it owes him more than $9,000 in water and sewer fees he paid for his motel, the Always Welcome Inn.