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Everett officials step down after being criticized for racist and offensive behavior

DiPierro had a nearly identical resignation letter drafted 10 weeks ago, but instead tried to ride out the public criticism.

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Councilor Anthony DiPierro, during an Everett city council meeting in March. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe


An Everett city councilor and a city official recently criticized for racist and offensive behavior are both stepping down, Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced Monday. Councilor Anthony DiPierro resigned his elected position, effective immediately, and the mayor’s press secretary Deanna Deveney is stepping down.

The mayor announced the departures Monday afternoon, in advance of a rally against racism planned that night across from City Hall. Both were recently seen making made racially offensive comments on a leaked Zoom video, apparently after a city meeting. Outraged residents had been urging DiPierro to step down for over two months, since the public release of text messages and memes he had sent to other city officials using the N-word.

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“Recently, we have been faced with inexcusable conduct of elected officials and City employees that violates the public trust,” the mayor said in a statement. “These actions have caused deep pain in our community. I have spoken to and heard from residents and we all believe that significant, visible action must be taken in order for true healing to begin in Everett.”

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