The director of a non-profit organization in West Virginia will return to work after being suspended for referring to Michelle Obama as an “ape.”

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, a director at Clay County Development Corporation, West Virginia, posted the comment on Facebook and was suspended from her role at the Development Corporation.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House,” she wrote at the time. “I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”

Beverly Whaling, the Mayor of Clay, was forced to resign after she apparently praised Taylor’s Facebook post.

“I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not in any way racist,” Ms Whaling said, according to The Sun.

She is now set to return to her job on Dec. 23rd, according to a letter seen by Charleston Gazette-Mail.

“The state bureau’s commissioner, Robert Roswall, has warned the Clay agency that any discrimination from staff would jeopardize their state and federal funding,” the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

Not everyone is pleased with Taylor’s return, a petition calling for Taylor’s termination received over 196,000 signatures.

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