From the Des Moines Register's copyrighted story:
Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said Brooks did the right thing.
"Nobody wants to be a detractor of the good things he has done," Cownie said. "It was his decision and something I'm sure he thought long and hard about. I think in his mind, he's doing the right thing. I think his decision is appropriate."
Archie has made many notable contributions to the community - from forgetting about whether he had ever dated Ramona Cunningham to forgetting about whether he had approved colossal bonuses to her to forgetting about trying to smear whistleblowers. And who can forget his threatening small east-side businesses to clear the way for
But the highlight of his career in public service will always be turning off the city's emergency radio system during the disastrous 1993 floods in a snit over being ordered to close the building where he worked. Yes, Mayor Cownie, let's remember all of the good things. What a guy.