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Buena Vista holds meeting over clerk's use of racial slur

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Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A Buena Vista Township clerk has received criticism and national attention since her use of the "n-word" in a taped phone conversation.

Clerk Gloria Platko directed the racial slur at Township Supervisor Dwayne Parker.

The Township held an emergency meeting Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. to address the situation. Members of the Saginaw NAACP were there and read a statement. The NAACP has called for her immediate resignation.

Platko has issued an apology to the community but she is not apologizing to Parker. Platko was not in attendence at Tuesday night's meeting.

The man the slur was directed to spoke with TV5's Gino Vicci last week. "I'm appalled," said Parker during a brief telephone interview.

Platko used the racial slur during a telephone conversation that was recorded back in January. Platko said she was not aware that the conversation was recorded.

Platko at first didn't back down from using the slur, but later offered an apology to anyone she offended, except for Parker.

"Now that I looked at the tape ... I didn't say anything that wasn't the truth," Platko claimed.

Platko believes Parker and Interim City Manager Dexter Mitchell, who recorded the call, are "setting her up" in order to hide their own wrong doings within the township.

As TV5 previously reported, Parker was at the center of an investigation for improper use of a township credit card. Then prosecutor Mike Thomas decided not to charge Parker, but as a stipulation ordered him to pay back all charges.

Both Parker and Mitchell have called for Platko's resignation, but at least for now she isn't backing down.

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