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After Resigning in April, Former Dover Mayors Files to Run Again

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The former mayor of Dover wants his old job back. Carleton Carey filed Monday to run in the city's April election.

Carey spent seven years as Dover's mayor. He had one year left on his second term when he resigned this past April.

Carey said it was to spend more time with family. But the circumstances surrounding his resignation soon became shrouded in controversy.

In April the Dover police chief retired. Carey picked a replacement in accordance with the city charter.

A command team was announced. Then the issues began.

Five high-ranking officers claimed Carey had exerted inappropriate influence - influence outside the scope of the mayor's role - over the selection process for deputy chief. Settling their complaints eventually cost the city $300,000.

Before the settlement, city council asked for Carey's resignation. Carey did resign but has maintained he did nothing wrong.

"I did act in a way that a mayor should be doing or any employer should be acting toward their employees," he said in an interview Tuesday.

The former mayor says in his nine months out of office he's been able to spend a lot of time with his family. Now he's feeling the pull to get back into city politics.

"I've had a lot of people come to me, call me, asking me if I would re-run for the position. And, uh, so I decided I would go ahead and do that."

"I really am kind of taken by surprise, but America was founded on competition," said Mayor Robin Christiansen.

Christiansen won the may special election to replace Carey. He's the only other candidate filed for the mayoral race.

"I believe that we are going in a new direction," he said. "I believe, I hope, that I've brought a new energy to the office of mayor."

It's possible there could end up being more candidates. The deadline to file to run for mayor is this Friday. Municipal elections in Dover are on April 21.

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