Plymouth city clerk retires in wake of controversy over alleged islamophobic post

Posted at 6:14 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 18:19:39-05

Plymouth City Clerk Linda Langmesser has retired in the wake of a controversy over a Facebook post.

Bigoted comments made on social media towards Muslims, had a civil rights organization calling for her to be fired.

The comments were spotted Monday night on a conservative social media site, referencing a Muslim woman who only lasted working 8 days in the Trump White House.

Someone identified as Langmesser made the derogatory statements that also referenced the Koran. Langmesser happened to be the Plymouth city clerk, with 30 years of public service to the community.

The Plymouth city manager told 7 Action News earlier this week that the post is totally unacceptable and the Mayor has launched an internal review.

The clerk declined an interview request and denied making the post. She told us by phone that her Facebook account was hacked.

We found no mention of hacking on her page.

Instead, we found other posts supporting President Trump's previous executive orders on immigration. Nabih Ayad, founder of the Arab American Civil Rights League, says the clerk must resign if it turns out she made the post.

The deputy clerk will is now in chage of the department.