Outrage grows in Wellington after village board member gives Nazi salute, says 'Heil Hitler'
Posted: Mar 14, 2014 7:15 PM CST | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 1:54 PM CST
Wellington (WPTV) -- Outrage is growing in the Village of Wellington after a board member saluted Hitler in the middle of a public meeting.
Planning, Zoning and Adjustment board member Marcia Radosevich directed her Nazi salute to another village official. She suggested his committee could have too much independent power.
Radosevich couldn't be reached for comment. Wellington's Director of Operations Jim Barnes watched it unfold on TV.
\"I was surprised and taken aback, particularly that it was personalized. But you still don't expect that in a public setting from a public official.\"
Despite Radosevich's apology, the shock is quickly turning to disgust. Emails are pouring into village leaders calling for her removal.
The council isn't ignoring it, in fact they've asked that the issue be put on the next city meeting agenda on March 25th. That means Radosevich's position could be on the line.
\"I believe the board members are appointed by council and any removal would have to be by action of the council,\" said Barnes,
\"I think it calls into question her ability to lead,\" said Temple Beth Torah Rabbi Norman Klein. \"Hitler wasn't a joke, he was a terrible tragedy for the human race and particularly Jewish people and you don't play around with those terms.\"
If Radosevich stays, her term on the planning, zoning and adjustment board ends in May.