Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland has resigned, according to the town police department.
This move follows days of controversy after reports last week that he publicly used a racial slur to describe President Obama. Copeland admitted to using the term when a resident sent him an email complaint, writing back, “For this I do not apologize—he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”
He remained unapologetic at a Police Commission meeting last week.
The Town Manager and Board of Selectmen issued a statement condemning the remarks and calling on him to resign, while noting they had no legal authority to remove him from his elected office.
News of Copeland’s comments triggered a slew of complaints from across the country, and threats to boycott visiting the state.