Armstrong issues statement regarding Council executive session decision

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Common Council President Laura Armstrong issued a statement on Tuesday following the unanimous decision to dismiss all complaints against her.

“After a lengthy discussion in executive session, my colleagues on the Rapid City Council issued their decision to dismiss the Code of Conduct complaints against me. I appreciate their detailed review and evaluation of this matter and the conclusions reached with their unanimous decision. I am grateful for the expressions of support I have received from throughout the community these past several weeks. I am hopeful we can move forward as a Council and as residents to address and work on the important issues affecting our community.”

Armstrong faced backlash for creating a Facebook page listing businesses requiring masks, along with a so-called “naughty list” of businesses not requiring masks. Nearly 100 Code of Conduct complaints were hand-delivered to City Attorney Joel Landeen.

The Council went into executive session Monday night after hearing public comments both for- and against Armstrong.

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