COMMERCE - The Commerce City Council has upheld the Sept. 23 resignation of the city clerk.

Lisa Craghead was formally dismissed from her duties Tuesday after city officials went behind closed doors to discuss her resignation and a subsequent attempt to rescind the resignation.

Craghead, who has been on administrative leave with pay for about three weeks, contends that she resigned under duress last month after the city attorney asked for her resignation.

Erik Johnson, legal counsel for the city, said he was acting at the direction of Mayor Michael Hart.

Johnson, according to Craghead, was joined by Hart and Police Chief Bob Baine, when he asked her to resign and cited a “come and go as you please” work ethic, disclosure of confidential information and cashing personal checks out of the city's petty cash fund as reasons for seeking a resignation.

On Tuesday, before council members entered into executive session to discuss Craghead's resignation, the board was presented with a petition in support of retaining the clerk.

More than 230 people signed the petition which was circulated in support of Craghead who has served as clerk since August of 2007.

The clerk position is an elected non-pay position, however, Craghead drew a salary for responsibilities that fell outside of the duties of city clerk.

In related matters, the council also voted unanimously to remove Craghead's name from the list of signatories on all city bank accounts. The move comes more than a week after an identical motion died for lack of a second when the council met Oct. 6.

Marna Lucky has been named as Deputy City Clerk to serve in the interim until an election can be held.