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Calls for councilman's resignation after viral video shows him "sleeping"

Cape Coral city leaders are taking action
Posted at 12:11 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 00:30:30-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral city leaders are taking action over a viral video showing what appears to be Councilman Rick Williams sleeping during an important debate over a possible mask mandate.

“Step up or step down, that’s the way I see it at this point, ” said Mayor Joe Coviello.

Many are now calling for his resignation.

“I’m not going to resign. I got more I want to do, I want to continue on, ” said Councilman Rick Williams.

Constituents say he is generally unresponsive to emails and calls and is unfit to represent District 6.

“He is incredibly inappropriate, a man that is arrogant doesn’t really care about anyone but himself, ” said James Leatherman.

Councilmembers say they can not actually remove Williams but suggested establishing a level of expectations for all members to follow.

“When you embarrass the eight of us and all the residents of Cape Coral, then I have a problem with it, ” said Councilman John Gunter.

Councilman Williams has left several council meetings unexpectedly and even sent a threatening message to a local realtor, Jay LaGace of LaGace Partners.

“It is getting tiring and its getting really frustrating, the only thing I did wrong was Mr. LaGace, ” said Williams.

An online petition now has over 1,200 signatures pleading for Councilman Williams to step down.

“We have two more years of this and we can’t take it, ” said John Karcher.

Several city leaders voiced concerns about Williams’ health and well being.

“It seems like your heart isn’t in it anymore and I think you really need to consider resigning, ” said Jessica Cosden.