Resignation is a dish best served cold
“A leader is judged not by the length of his reign, but by the decisions he makes.”
– Kahless, Klingon Emperor, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Some city leaders are arguing that David Waddell, a councilman for Indian Trail, N.C., should have made a better decision than to tender his resignation letter in Klingon, the language of the fictional warrior race of Star Trek fame.
City Mayor Michael Alvarez called the letter "childish and unprofessional." He told The Charlotte Observer, “It’s an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it’s an embarrassment for North Carolina.”
Waddell told The Charlotte Observer the letter was part of an inside joke. “Folks don’t know what to think of me half the time,” he said. “I might as well have one last laugh.”
The translation of the letter, which Waddell provided for anyone not well versed in Klingon, reads:
Teach (the) city (the) constitution
I will return next time to (witness) victory.
Resignation occurs in 2014 the 31st of January.
Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.
Waddell says he is resigning to devote his time to mounting a write-in campaign for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. He will be running on the Constitution Party platform.
Town Manager Joe Fivas told The Charlotte Observer the council will determine a replacement for Waddell later this month or in early February.