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Cleveland council votes to ask McKenzie to resign

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB)  --  Members of Councilman Charlie McKenzie's district want to hear two words come out of his mouth: I'm sorry. Many members of the community are upset after learning the District 1 councilman used racial slurs on the job at the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. However, an apology hasn't happened yet.

"When I ran for office, I ran for all people, do anything for anybody, white, black, anybody," says McKenzie. He went on to say, "You want to know the truth, it all come from the sheriff's department. There's two guys running over there and one tries to get something on the other, and I was friends with the sheriff that was in."

During Monday's council meeting, Councilman Bill Estes added two motions to the agenda. One was to censor McKenzie, the other asked for his resignation. The votes were tied on both motions.

Vice Mayor Avery Johnson says he knows McKenzie used racial slurs and voted in favor of both motions.

"I never would have dreamed it. I've been knowing the guy for awhile. He's a great person, but I think he made a serious mistake," Johnson says.

After the meeting, members of the community confronted McKenzie.

"It would be over with if he'd just apologize," says a church reverend. "He owes the entire city an apology."

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