Yellowstone County commissioners have rejected an offer from the country treasurer to leave office in exchange for a year's pay and instead asked him to resign for making racist comments in emails sent from his government computer.
The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to reject Max Lenington's buyout proposal for the final year of his term as treasurer, assessor and superintendent of schools.
Commissioner Bill Kennedy said he would accept Lenington's resignation, but rejected the suggested $90,000 buyout.
Commissioner Jim Reno then read a statement asking Lenington to resign, saying in part: "Max, when you lose the public trust it is time to resign."
Lenington responded that he planned to finish out his term and retire at the end of 2014.