Today, 82-year-old rural New Hampshire police commissioner Robert Copeland resigned amidst serious public pressure and scrutiny. Here is his resignation letter (email).
Copeland has refused to apologize for calling President Obama a really horrible word that starts with an ‘N’ back in March. A woman overheard Copeland at a restaurant and wrote in about the incident. In response, instead of apologizing, Copeland wrote:
“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse (sic). For this, I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
Wolfeboro, the home of these folks, is a town of 6,300, with only about 20 African-Americans. Mitt Romney owns a vacation home near the area, and over the weekend said in a statement:
“The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community: He should apologize and resign.”
This is Bobby Copeland.
While his actions and philosophies are the opposite of awesome, his resignation letter is, indeed, awesome. It’s precisely how every resignation letter should read.