Hildale Mayor: 11 FLDS city employees resign for many reasons, religion being one of them

Hildale Mayor: 11 FLDS city employees resign for many reasons, religion being one of them (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Hildale City Hall is currently a house divided; FLDS and Non-FLDS.

The arrival of three new non-FLDS city council members and the community's first female Mayor, Donia Jessop, has stirred things up to the point where employees have resigned from their positions according to city officials.

"I received one resignation letter that pretty much finally spelled it out," Jessop said.

That letter, further explained that the employee had to choose between working at the city and their religion according to Jessop.

"He cannot follow a woman," Jessop said.

"I don't take any of it personally I can't afford to. I respect him for what he does and what he believes and that's just fine."

That letter was just one of the handful officials received but didn't represent the feelings or point of view of all the other employees who were wanting to resign.

Jessop and her fellow co-worker, JVar Dutson, city council member, told 2News that many of the employees just had other opportunities, jobs they wanted to focus on.

But Dutson said they expected this sort of transition to happen.

"That's all part of this transformation," Dutson said,. We're just going to have to start over with some new blood."

To find out what this means for the city and to hear from members of the FLDS church watch the news story above.

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