Warren Mayor Fouts addresses controversial call with appointee - New York News

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts addresses controversial call with appointee

Posted: Updated:
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts spoke with Fox 2 about a controversial phone call with his appointee. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts spoke with Fox 2 about a controversial phone call with his appointee.
WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) -

An appointee of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts recorded without the mayor's knowledge and then apparently used against him a very heated, profanity-laced phone conversation between the two.  It was made public and turned over to Michigan State Police.

One week later, Fouts choose the National Day of Prayer event in front of City Hall to address the alleged phone threats.

"I gave in to anger," the mayor said.  "I apologize to the people of Warren... for the choice of my words.  I am truly ashamed and embarrassed about it."

"Why did you choose the National Day of Prayer to address these threat allegations?" I asked Fouts.

"I'm not sure this was particularly choosing, but I felt very strongly on prayer and in light of the suggestion that I commit suicide, I thought it was appropriate," he responded.

Fouts claims a local newspaper covering his public disgrace insinuated he should take his own life, something he found very offensive.

"To me, a viable alternative for anyone is prayer, not suicide," Fouts told the crowd to cheers.

We're told Michigan State Police have just wrapped up their case, which has been handed over to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.

Meanwhile, Fouts blames his anger on the recent negative attacks on him and his city.

"Has this world got to the point where I can't trust the person who I gave an appointment to without taping me when I'm angry and goading me on," Fouts said.

"Did you mean what you said?" I asked.

"Absolutely not.  I didn't.  I was just venting.  I was angry at the point.  I was making a point, albeit a poor point, and I did not mean at all what I said, nor would I ever do anything like that," the mayor replied.

------

UPDATE:

On May 3, we learned the decision of the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.  Mayor Fouts will not face any charges.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Record stores survive and thrive in Brooklyn

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:59:51 GMT
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
    When you hear about a place that still sells records, located in a hip neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn, you enter that store with certain expectations. One of them being: you hope the guy behind the counter talks about music the way Cory Fierman does."I think it's just like the most important thing to you," he says. "I don't know how to describe it. It's the most important thing to me. It's like another language."Cory manages Greenpoint's Academy Records Annex, where they want you ...
  • Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Queens Beer Week kicks off

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:19:20 GMT
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
    Queens wants to be known as New York City's beer capital. Queens Beer Week kicked off on Friday to celebrate the borough's crafty breweries and the more than 60 venues that serve their beer. Dan Bronson of Crescent and Vine in Astoria is the bearded brains behind the inaugural Queens Beer Week. He organized it all. The nine-day celebration of beers brewed in Queens.
  • Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Woman wanted for baby snatch attempt in custody

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:57:17 GMT
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
    Police have taken into custody the woman believed to have tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Tara Anne McDonald, 46, was being evaluated at a hospital Friday night. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices