May 22, 2018 07:17 PM
The police are now involved with the public battle between the mayor of Forest Lake and a planning commissioner.
The tense exchange Monday night at the Forest Lake city council meeting culminated with Mayor Ben Winnick using profanity to describe Eric Langness, a member of the planning commission.
“You’ve got a lot of nerve calling me a liar,” Langness shouted at the end of his comments.
Mayor Winnick interjected: “We’ll see you sometime when you’re not in here, we’ll see who’s the coward then you piece of sh**.”
One day after that public squabble, there still appears to be unsettled business.
“I think it would be best if he just chose to resign,” Langness said
He told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he chose to confront Mayor Winnick and the board on Monday to “clear the air.”
He said the mayor previously accused him of spreading lies, being disgruntled over not getting the open city council seat and not doing his job on the planning commission.
“The mayor decided to take a turn that I never would have expected, and quite frankly I find it disgusting that any public figure would threaten and use that type of language to a citizen,” he said.
Winnick admitted that he crossed the line.
“I want to apologize to the public," Winnick said. "What I did was wrong."
He said he will reach out to Langness to work out their differences.
“I'm really taken back by his over-reaction. Very childish overreaction. It all happened after I appointed a different person to an open council seat,” he said.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS learned that Langness filed a police report with Forest Lake police Tuesday afternoon, alleging that the mayor threatened him with the "we’ll see you sometime when you’re not in here" comment.
The police chief said the department received the police report but he doesn't believe at this point that it will lead to charges.
Updated: May 22, 2018 07:17 PM
Created: May 22, 2018 05:07 PM
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