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Warren Mayor: Don't Disturb Me While I'm Jogging

June 26, 2018 - 5:50 pm

WARREN (WWJ/AP) - The mayor of Michigan's third-largest city has a message for residents: If he's jogging, do not disturb.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts felt a need to get the message out on Facebook Tuesday after a resident complained that he didn't speak to her while jogging. Fouts says he didn't recognize her and typically listens to radio or takes calls on his mobile phone when he's exercising.

Fouts says he's "available 24/7 but NOT when I'm jogging." 

"Apparently some seem to think I'm obligated to stop and talk and that is not the case. Allow me time to jog without the encumbrance of stopping," the mayor said, in a public post on his personal Facebook page. "That is the ONLY time I ask for your understanding and cooperation."

The suburban Detroit mayor, who is in his 70s, say he's trying to keep his heart in good shape. With that in mind, he says he jogs twice a day for about 45 minutes each time.

"It's not my intention to offend any Warren resident who wants to talk to me," Fouts added.

Mayor of Warren since 2008, Fouts is well known for his open door policy, inviting residents to call him at his office or at home any time to discuss any city or neighborhood issues.

The mayor recently made headlines when lawsuit was filed alleging he demanded a top city official destroy a tape displaying alleged improper behavior, including allegations that he mocked minorities, women and the disabled in City Hall conversations and meetings.

Fouts has categorically denied any wrongdoing, stating that the voice on the recording is not his, that the recordings were doctored, and that someone is out to get him. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.