Kansas County Official Criticized For Racial Slur

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(Information in the following story is from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com )

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas county commissioner says he won't resign after using a racial slur during a public meeting.

Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile used a variant of a racial slur to imply a job done sloppily while the commission was discussing last week whether to hire an architect for a county project.

The Salina Journal reports that when Gile was asked what he meant by the slur, he responded ``Afro-Americanized.''

Gile did not return phone messages seeking comment Wednesday and did not respond to an email.

On Tuesday, two Salina residents attended the commission's meeting to ask Gile to resign.

Gile read a statement apologizing for using the phrase, saying he recognized he was wrong. Gile said after the meeting he would not resign.

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