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Most Municipal Workers Resign In Utah Polygamous Sect Town

Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop.
Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop.

The new mayor of a mostly polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border is finishing an overhaul of municipal staff and boards following mass resignations when she took office in January and became the first woman and first non-member of the polygamous sect to hold the seat.

Six of seven municipal workers for the town of Hildale, Utah, quit after Mayor Donia Jessop was elected and took charge of the local government run by the sect for more than a century.

They were joined by nine members of various town boards.

Jessop says of those who resigned are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism that practices polygamy.

The mainstream Mormon church disavowed polygamy more than 100 years ago.