BAXTER SPRINGS In a release furnished to local media, Baxter Springs Municipal Court Clerk Rodney Edmondson has refused the appointment to City Clerk made by Jenifer Bingham earlier this week.

Below is the full text of his release:

On Monday April 9th, 2012, I was asked by Mayor Jenifer Bingham if I would accept her appointment of me as the Baxter Springs City Clerk, and I accepted the offer.

I did not have, or take ample time to consider all the factors and possible ramifications of my decision, a decision that I now regret.

This morning after careful consideration I met with Mayor Bingham and informed her that I will not accept her appointment of me as the City Clerk.

I will continue my duties as Baxter Springs Municipal Court Clerk immediately.

Furthermore, two weeks ago I filed as a candidate for Cherokee County Clerk and I will continue that quest as was planned several months ago.

Raw video of KOAM TV's abortive interview with Bingham.

Raw video of KOAM TV's interview with Police Chief David Edmondson.