Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, June 26 2012 at 4:50 PM, Updated: Tue, June 26 2012 at 5:01 PM
Facing criminal charges, a Klamath Falls city councilman has resigned from office.
60 year old Greg Taylor was arrested May 2nd for alleged sexual abuse of a 5 year old boy in Corvallis. Nearly 2 months after his arrest, Taylor resigned from his city council position. City council member Bill Adams had this reaction...
"What's going on was probably too much of a distraction for him, and I think maybe he felt it was a distraction to council as well."
Greg Taylor and his lawyer have chosen not to comment on camera about the issue. But in a written statement, they noted: "Although Mr. Taylor would like to continue to serve on the city council, he is concerned that the charge he is facing will detract from city business, and does not wish to have his personal challenges impact the ability of the city council to perform their duties."
City council member Trish Seiler says that the situation hasn't been a distraction. "I don't believe so. We've been extremely busy with work sessions, study sessions."
Council now needs to declare a vacancy, take applications, then appoint an interim council member to serve through the end of the year. City Manager Rick Whitlock notes that the position will be up for election on the November ballot...
"It will be necessary for someone to run for that position to serve the remainder of Mr. Taylor's term."
There are three years left on Taylor's term.
Taylor remains on paid administrative leave from his job as an instructor at Klamath Community College.
Taylor has represented Ward 3 in Klamath Falls, which includes the Mills Addition, and Foothills Boulevard neighborhoods.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.