Lawrence Mayor Resigns 2 Days After Tax Problems Revealed
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jeremy Farmer has resigned as mayor of Lawrence, two days after he resigned from his job as executive director at a food pantry. Farmer resigned his seat on the City Commission Wednesday, effective immediately. He had resigned Monday from Just Food, a nonprofit food pantry, after it was revealed that he had not paid about $50,000 in federal payroll taxes. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the remaining four city commissioners will meet Friday to accept the resignation and begin the search for a replacement. The Lawrence mayor has no administrative duties but chairs commission meetings and signs certain documents that require a mayor's signature. Just Food officials say there's no indication money was misappropriated from the nonprofit group. Farmer says it was an oversight that the taxes weren't paid.