The chief of the Manley Scorching Springs Volunteer Hearth Division resigned Thursday after a newspaper reported that he used a racial slur on Fb.
Discovered stated Russell despatched his resignation in an e-mail Thursday night time. The council had been investigating a Fb remark from Russell’s account after a Fairbanks Every day Information-Miner reporter inquired about the publish Wednesday.
The Information-Miner later revealed an article concerning the publish. It stated Russell commented on an article written by longtime Alaska journalist Dermot Cole about Ohio lawmakers asking President Trump to vary the official identify of Denali again to Mount McKinley.
The remark from Russell’s Fb account learn, “sure sir its alway been and all the time will Mt McKinley to me, not n—-r Mt .”
The remark was later deleted, the Information-Miner reported.
“I simply made a mistake; that is all,” Russell stated when reached by telephone Friday. “One phrase — that is all it takes.”
Manley Scorching Springs is a small village roughly one hundred miles west of Fairbanks.
Russell stated he volunteered with the hearth division for thirteen years, serving as chief for 5 or 6 of these years. He was elected to the board of the Inside Area EMS Council in 2016.
Russell stated he didn’t earn a wage in both of these positions.