Robert Copeland, 82, verbally resigned to the chairman of Wolfeboro Police Commission Sunday night before resigning in a letter released Monday.
Copeland had been facing intense pressure to resign after a resident complained about overhearing him use the N-word in a restaurant. Copeland acknowledged that he used the slur but refused to apologize or step down.
Town and state officials — along with some national figures, such as Mitt Romney, who has a home in Wolfeboro — had condemned the remark, and more than 100 residents packed a Police Commission meeting last week to demand Copleand’s resignation.
Copeland had been re-elected to a three-year term in March. Officials said resignation was the only way to get him out of office before the end of his term becausthe state has no recall provision for elected officials.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney blasted Copeland on Saturday, calling for him to apologize and resign.
This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.