Embattled Cedar Hills Mayor Eric Richardson resigned Monday, effective immediately.
Richardson, who has been mayor since 2010, gave no reason for his decision in a letter to city officials. But it comes in the wake of civil charges leveled by the federal Commodities Futures Trading Commission, which alleges that Richardson and a business partner used investor funds for personal expenses. And a group of residents have accused Richardson and former city manager Konrad Hildebrandt of various misdeeds, including misappropriating $371,726 in city funds that supposedly were to be used for a recreation center and pool, but instead were used to build a clubhouse at the city golf course. The group, Cedar Hills Citizens for Responsible Government, had called for Richardson to step down.
The Utah County Attorney's Office in February looked into the alleged misappropriation of funds and found no evidence that any criminal statutes were violated. If there was any wrongdoing, it would be a matter of ethics, not criminal law, the Utah County Attorney concluded.