Silverton mayor's outfit sparks complaint

Silverton mayor's outfit sparks complaint »Play Video

SILVERTON, Ore. - Silverton's openly transgender mayor is under fire for his choice of attire when he went to speak to a group of students.

Silverton Together, a non-profit group that works with young people, filed a formal complaint and Mayor Stu Rasmussen is not happy that his wardrobe is under attack.

"Why are we even having this discussion?  I'm an adult.  I'll wear what I please," he said.

Ken Hector, President of Silverton Together, said the mayor violated the city's dress code when he spoke to a group of leadership students wearing a bathing suit top, a mini skirt and high heels. And he said three parents complained to him directly about the mayor's appearance.

"This was a business meeting pure and simple and it was not something on his free time," Hector said.

The City Council will decide what to do about the complaint.  The mayor could get a warning, he could be told not to represent the city at public events or he could be kicked out of office, although we were told that is unlikely.

Rasmussen argues the city dress code does not apply to him since he is transgender and not entirely a male or female.

"Well, if they're going to be smart about it, they're going to look at the dress code and say, well, this is really obsolete now because it doesn't meet current conditions," he said.

Parents we spoke with, whose kids attend the summer program, said the mayor should dress more professionally.

"I just believe, as any other person, they should dress modestly," one woman said.

"Presenting the key to the city to the President, that might not be the outfit but for day-to-day use, that's what I'm accustomed to," said Rasmussen.

The irony in all of this is that Rasmussen is on the board of directors for Silverton Together and Hector used to be Silverton's mayor until Rasmussen unseated him.