Following the November recall fight in which one Councilmember was ousted and two survived, Baxter Springs Mayor Jenifer Bingham unexpectedly resigned. Bingham was a supporter of the recall of all of the council members.
Controversy started in April, when Bingham named replacements for longtime City Clerk Donna Wixon and longtime police Chief David Edmondson. The City Council, on a 6-2 vote, rejected the appointments. Bingham placed Wixon on paid suspension and changed the locks at City Hall. Wixon has been back on the job after the council took action to restore her to her position.