TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Mayor Janice Daniels says the decision to leave her day job as a real estate agent was hers alone and that she was not fired.
Action News caught up with Daniels at her home Wednesday night. Daniels said she was too busy to talk but did say published reports that claimed she was forced from her position as a Century 21 agent are wrong.
“You know what, I haven’t been able to sell much real estate anyway lately because I’m so busy that I just put my license in escrow,” Daniels said.
Daniels decision to put her license in escrow comes in the wake of a Facebook post controversy where the mayor used a gay slur.
The post, which was written back in the summer before Daniels became mayor, first surfaced late last week. It reads:
“I think I’m going to throw away my I love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”
Daniels told us the uproar over the post and her decision to quit her job are not connected.
“All I want to tell you is there’s a lot of healing that needs to go on in this city and I don’t want to focus on anything but healing,” Daniels said.
The mayor took a lot of heat from constituents at last Monday’s council meeting – the first meeting since the Facebook post went viral on the internet. Many residents demanded she resign. Daniels apologized and asked for forgiveness but has not given any indication that she will step down.
The job of mayor in Troy is not full-time. Daniels only earns about $138 a month. Daniels said she does not have another day job lined up.
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