Gold Hill asks public works director to resign

GOLD HILL — City Council members have decided to seek the voluntary resignation of embattled public works director Royal Gasso after he was arrested last month for possession of methadone and heroin.

Councilman Mike Ely, designated council spokesman, confirmed today that the council voted Tuesday to seek Gasso's resignation. He said he would limit his comments regarding Gasso until the longtime public works chief had made his own decision regarding the matter.

Gasso did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Tuesday marked the end of a 30-day leave of absence for Gasso ordered by the council. Gasso was arrested May 16 by Oregon State Police near Grants Pass for possession of methadone and heroin and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The council met in a special closed session recently to discuss the arrest, Gasso's second in a year. At the same time, Gasso announced he would sign himself in to a residential treatment program.

— Buffy Pollock

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