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McCormick resigns from Gresham City Council following restraining order

FILE PHOTO - Michael McCormickMichael McCormick resigned from the Gresham City Council on Monday, Aug. 10, effective immediately, following a restraining order issued against him by his wife.

The order, filed on Aug. 4 and approved by a judge on Aug. 6 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, alleges that Michael injured Kathleen McCormick and threatened to take her money.

Kathleen McCormick, 62, did not respond to calls for comment on Tuesday, Aug. 11, but court documents reveal her allegations of a physical confrontation with her husband.

According to the documents, Kathleen said she was trying to leave the house after an argument and Michael, 69, grabbed her purse and blocked her from leaving.

Kathleen then describes a scene where she alleges Michael wasn’t going to let her leave and grabbed her purse and shoved her into the stairs. Kathleen then said she called out to a friend to call 911.

With her friend, Kathleen attempted to leave the house but said Michael had disabled her van. Kathleen said she then got into her friend’s van and was about to leave when police arrived.

With the police at the scene, Kathleen retrieved a few belongings from the home. She also said police advised her to consider filing for a restraining order against her husband.

In the court documents, Kathleen is requesting that Michael move out of their shared home and pay her $3,000 for a security system, money to change the locks and change the garage door openers.

Kathleen is also asking the court to restrict her husband from possessing firearms, because, she said, “He currently is not thinking clearly and is enraged.”

In the court documents, she alleged there has been abuse in the past, “but it has continued to escalate” and Kathleen said she no longer feels safe. Kathleen said her husband owns handguns and several rifles.

Gresham Police have not issued any citations or made any arrests. A hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Multnomah County Courthouse. The subject of that hearing is unknown at this time.

"I don't want to drag anyone through the mud," Michael said in a phone call on Aug. 11. "Maybe if this mellows out I'll jump into the fray in 2016."

Michael was first elected to the council in 2012 and said being a public servant felt like something he was always meant to do.

"It really saddens me (to resign) because I have a heart for Gresham and I've always had a heart for Gresham," McCormick said.

Michael declined to comment further on the events that led to his resignation.

The McCormicks have lived in Gresham for nearly 60 years. They have two sons. Michael grew up in Rockwood and is a retired firefighter with the Portland Fire Bureau and Fire District 10.

The Gresham City Council has 30 days to make an appointment to fill the remainder of Michael's term, which expires in December 2016.


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