It is disappointing to read that Mayor Molly Doss resigned as mayor of Monroeville. I have come to know her as a principled leader who acted in the best interest of the people even when her opinions were not popular. During the past year she has been lambasted by members of the Monroeville Village Council. She refused to criticize those who attacked her knowing that nothing good could come of it.
Doss listened to members of Trinity Lutheran Church when the village administrator attempted to impose unreasonable, uncodified construction requirements (a $25,000 underground storm water detention system) on the property that is now the church parking lot. She listened to the church's concerns and allowed a member of the congregation, Jim Herner, to air his grievances at a village council meeting.
Herner's comments have been characterized as being harsh. However, the sharpest remark made by Herner is that the former village administrator was acting as "judge, jury, and executioner" of the village code. This was later proven true by the Planning Commission and Village Council as they both unanimously approved the church's construction plan that did not include the requirements that Ken Knuth attempted to impose. Doss has been criticized for not defending Knuth, but when they voted, none of the village leaders stood behind his demands.