Lawrence mayor resigns 2 days after tax problems revealed

Jeremy Farmer, via the City of Lawrence, Kansas website.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jeremy Farmer has resigned as mayor of Lawrence, two days after he resigned from his job as executive director at a food pantry.

Farmer resigned his seat on the City Commission Wednesday, effective immediately. He had resigned Monday from Just Food, a nonprofit food pantry, after it was revealed that he had not paid about $50,000 in federal payroll taxes.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the remaining four city commissioners will meet Friday to accept the resignation and begin the search for a replacement.

The Lawrence mayor has no administrative duties but chairs commission meetings and signs certain documents that require a mayor’s signature.

Just Food officials say there’s no indication money was misappropriated from the nonprofit group. Farmer says it was an oversight that the taxes weren’t paid.

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