SYRACUSE -- Mayor Jamie Nagle took a verbal shot at a city council candidate, suggesting he created undue tension on the planning commission and alleging he threatened to throw a pipe bomb into city offices at one point.
Nagle leveled the charge against Planning Commissioner Gary Pratt, who is one of seven declared candidates for the city council. Her comments came during a council work session Tuesday after Planning Commission Chairman Kenneth Hellewell recommended that Pratt be reappointed to serve a full term on the commission when his term expires June 30.
Nagle said Pratt, in the presence of a city council member, threatened to use a pipe bomb against City Attorney Will Carlson. Nagle said the council opted to do nothing about the threat.
"I'm very supportive of Gary being off the planning commission. My whole goal is to make it less contentious," Nagle said. She then cited the allegation about the pipe bomb.
"I stand by what I said, and there is evidence of it," Nagle said. The mayor declined to elaborate further because of a pending investigation into the matter by the Davis County Attorney's office.
Pratt was in the room during the accusation, but did not respond. After the meeting he declined to comment on the specifics, saying the matter is being investigated by the county attorney. He has denied making the threat.
"Considering our history with each other, (Pratt's) statement was inappropriate," Carlson said.
Carlson's sexual orientation became an issue a few months ago in city government circles, Pratt being a critic of the city attorney at that point.
Carlson, who has acknowledged he is gay, declined further comment Tuesday.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings could not be reached for comment.
Pratt replaced Nagle on the planning commission when the mayor was elected to office. He said he was a major supporter of the mayor when she ran for office four years ago.
"I campaigned for her and distributed her literature. I was one of her crew," Pratt said.
Pratt said he has opted to run for the council because of the need for change. He is one of seven candidates, including incumbent Brian Duncan.
The field will be pared to four in an Aug. 13 primary. Other council candidates are Michael Gailey, Allen Lowry, Daniel Schuler, Randy Miller and Travis Waller.
The controversy Tuesday went beyond allegations against Pratt. Brandon Haddick's proposed appointment to the planning commission was denied on a 3-2 vote when the council considered the matter in the regular meeting. Several council members did not like his stance on multifamily housing.
Standard-Examiner reporter Bryon Saxton contributed to this story.